After 10 years sober Ozzy started drinking again, why would he do this? I guess you are never cured.
We recently wrote an article about Ozzy's fall off the wagon. However that article was written very much from the viewpoint of what Sharon should do now. We decided to try and give some insight into why Ozzy may have done what he did.
Are you in a relationship with an addict? How to help a loved one who suffers from addiction.
Loving an addict is undeniably difficult. Addiction is a family disease that wreaks havoc on the lives of the addict as well as the addict's family and loved ones. The addict's primary relationship is with his or her mind-altering chemical (or compulsive behavior) at the expense of other relationships.
This is one decision that only the Osbournes can make.
After ten years of sobriety, Ozzy Osbourne has relapsed on a binge of booze and drugs. We imagine Sharon thinking, "How can he say he loves me and — in this one action — take away my trust?" Our experts explain how the Osbournes' situation offers insight for what to do when your addict spouse relapses.
If you live with an alcoholic, fleeing isn't your only option.
Can you really love an alcoholic? If you read most advice columns it would suggest that love and the alcoholic are two words seldom used in the same sentence. The usual advice is get away from the alcoholic as quickly as possible, run now because it will only cause you pain.
Too many die of alcoholism needlessly when a simple assessment can put you on the road to recovery.
Last week I said farewell to my friend Michael, someone who had helped me get sober and stay sober in a happy and satisfied way (you can read my goodbye here). Unfortunately he could not get the same satisfaction and peace that I had and after getting sober many times and getting drunk many more times, he was found dead in his flat.
It is more productive to approach a problem saying what can I do to fix it, than who do I blame
So often when we have are having difficulties, we view the problem and the solution and something that is outside of ourselves. This is particularly true in the area of relationships where we hear “If only he would” or “If only she wouldn’t”.
On our website to help people who live with an alcoholic we have a program laid out. Unfortunately most of the members come to find that one nugget that will make him, or her, stop drinking and then life can be wonderful. We call it the looking for the
In the real world red flags, lights and signs mean stop. In the dating world they mean the same.
In the real world red flags, lights and signs mean stop. In the dating world they mean the same. Yet most of us are more daring in dating than we are in life. Or perhaps we just have not fully embraced the wisdom that red flags mean stop; they do not mean proceed with caution.
Some strategies for ridding yourself of the shame that comes from living with an alcoholic
In the previous article; Living with an alcoholic - Shame, we talked about the shame and the secrecy that comes from living with an alcoholic and how it leads to isolation. In this article we will look at ways to start tackling and reducing the shame.
When you live with an alcoholic it is difficult to avoid the shame that goes with it.
If you live with an alcoholic you will almost certainly feel shame. Some people will experience it to a very high level, others less so, but almost everyone who lives with an alcoholic experiences it to some degree. You will probably feel anxious that people will discover your secret, that they will judge you and, inevitably, will find you unacceptable to be around decent people.
Part two of Living with an alcoholic and how to survive it. Some tips to help you to live better.
In the previous article we talked about things but you should not do. In this article we'll talk about things that you could do to make it more certain that your partner will do something about their drinking. As suggested in the previous article, as the partner of the drinker you should not fall into the trap of co-dependency, that is living the life reacting to the behavior of the drinker.
This article discusses a few behaviours that can make drinking worse rather than help to improve it.
One of the commonest questions anyone working in the addiction field is asked is "How can I stop my wife/husband/partner from drinking so much?" Unfortunately the short answer to that is - you can't. They will stop when it suits them, whether that is because they hurt so much or because circumstances change. That is painful to hear, but nevertheless it is true.