This is one decision that only Sharon and Ozzy can make. Despite living their married life together in the public eye, this is a decision that needs to be made in private by the couple.
One of the main considerations of this decision will be whether love has managed to survive the uncertainties of living with an addict. The most common piece of advice for those who have an addicted spouse is to get out of the marriage as quickly as possible. However, what we find in our practice is that the majority of people who consult us are in love with their drinking spouses. They want to be able to find a way to live with and love the partners they chose as life partners.
The Osbournes have been married for 30 years, which (even in a marriage without alcoholism) is long enough to have weathered some rough patches. That shared time brings a closeness that cannot be created in any other way. It creates stability and a resolution to continue that helps the couple to negotiate troubles that might end another relationship.
Whatever they decide to stay together or divorce, it's their decision and we cannot possibly know what this decision costs them. Love can be blind; it can keep relationships together and it can help change people — even addicts like Ozzy. But it also has a tipping point. Then it can be very clear-sighted indeed, where the lessons and experiences of the past are distinct signposts of the future. When that happens, there may be no way back.
We wish Sharon and Ozzy well for the future. If they do stay together, then it is a great testimony to love and the healing power of forgiveness. If they do decide to divorce, it will be sad, but completely understandable.
If you are facing similar issues to Sharon and Ozzy, visit us at Bottled Up; we can help. There is information and support at Bottled Up to help to support you to stay with your drinker or to leave if that is your decision.