Having an alcoholic in the family is difficult. Having a friend who is an alcoholic is difficult. But dating an alcoholic is more difficult.
It’s not entirely their fault: alcohol has taken control of their body and they can’t live without it. Withdrawal symptoms will keep them drinking even if they want to quit. By this point they’ve already built up a tolerance for alcoholic drinks, and they can’t get it out of their system without rehab.
But as hard as it is for the alcoholic, it is also difficult for the people around them as well. It started when the person first began abusing alcohol. They got looks of concern from their loved ones and friends. This unfortunately wasn’t enough to keep them from drinking. In the end, they became an alcoholic, dependent on alcohol, and unable to maintain healthy relationships.
The fact that you are merely dating and not married implies that there’s a significant degree of freedom on the non-alcoholic partner’s side. There’s freedom to leave the relationship whenever they want. But just because they can leave the alcoholic behind doesn’t mean they would-should.
Why do people stick around in relationships when alcoholism is clearly something that comes between them?
You’ll find that people in this type of relationship, or those who have chosen to end it, are willing to share their knowledge on the subject. Today we will be talking about the various things we can all learn from the people who have dated an alcoholic.
First, let’s look at the signs.
If your partner is displaying these signs, read on. These are the things you must know about alcoholics, according to people who have dated them.
This is the first thing you should know: your partner is in danger. Their health will ultimately be affected by their drinking habits if they are unable to stop. Chances are, they won’t have the willpower to change their behavior, because their body has started requiring the presence of alcohol.
Be aware that the person you are dating is suffering physically and emotionally. It may be best if you could find a good rehabilitation program for them.
Alcoholism is slowly killing them, but there’s still hope for recovery.
They can and will hide their drinking from you, so don’t be surprised if you find a couple of empty bottles lying around. If you are dating an alcoholic, they will likely try to keep you around by lying about their habits.
You have to be aware that they are not drinking because of you. You can’t blame yourself. In many ways, you can’t blame them either. You have to weigh whether it is worth sticking around with them or not. Unless you can get them into rehab, they will continue drinking.
Despite their lack of control over their alcohol consumption, they have to at least want to change. They can only get rid of this habit safely by finding a program that suits their condition. And the most difficult part is they have to stick with it.
This is something that’s out of your control.
Just like in any other relationship, you cannot change your partner. It’s going to be even tougher if you’re maintaining a relationship with an alcoholic. The choice of whether you’ll remain with them or not will ultimately depend on you. Keep their health and safety in mind, but do not forget your own.
Detox of South Florida wants you and your loved ones to live a sober life that is rich and fulfilling. You and your loved ones can live a life free from addiction.
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Updated on January 6th 2020
Dr. Vikram Tarugu, M.D, is the CEO of Detox of South Florida, Inc and medical professional focused on addiction. A veteran in the medical field with over 25 years of professional experience. He is a consultant for many South Florida Rehab centers. Patients travel from allover the US to seek his help with addiction and Hepatitis C treatment.
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