I’m Fighting off a Relapse
The prescription bottles in my medicine cabinet are talking to me, my esophagus is craving the burn of alcohol, and every sharp edge gets a little too close to my skin.
The sun is a little too bright, and happiness is a little too sweet. Life is so boring without drugs.
My sobriety clock is haunting me. The numbers are holding me hostage and taunting me. I’m watching the seconds tick time away, counting down to when I lose this battle.
The chips in my drawer are a useless reminder of bad coffee and uncomfortable chairs. The months they represent have lost their meaning. I’d rather use them for poker.
I’m starting to forget why I’m sober. This isn’t what I thought it would be like. Were the nights I can’t remember really so bad? Do I really care about my damaged body? Do I really need any friends and family around to judge me? Was any of this worth it?
I don’t want to relapse… but it feels like everything that’s supposed to help is turning against me.
How do I deal with an alcoholic who is abusive... but still maintain contact with their significant other
I currently have a friend ( I will call him Joe)I met because he is friend with my husband. Recently I met his fiancée (I will call her Jane). Both of there own admission, not my judgments are alcoholics. Joe takes total responsibility for his behaviors when he is drinking... makes 0 excuses for himself... has never been aggressive or violent in my presence or when living with my husband and I for around a year. Jane blames all her behaviors on her drinking takes little to no responsibility. I have heard her be physical and verbally abusive to Joe.
Fast forward 2 months ... Joe is in ICU, on a ventilator and is medically sedated. His kidneys have shutdown and his liver is failing.
One more than one occasion Jane has called or texted so emotionally distraught that my husband and I have to talk to her for long periods of times to calm her down, and even once we had to call ambulance because she attempted suicide... Fortunately she was reached in time.
After these episodes anytime I try to explain how hurt she mad me feel because of the mean abusive things she said to me.... she first says well I was drunk... I don't remember.. she will give me an I'm sorry, which in my opinion she does just to divert attention from her.
Next she will reach out to my husband saying how mean I am to her... how selfish...etc.
Please keep in mind the time period I am discussing is within the last 3 weeks... 10 days of it being when Joe is in hospital. Thankfully in the last few days he is off ventilator, out of complete sedation and his liver has began to work some. He will remain on dialysis because his kidneys no longer function.
Jane's behavior is triggering for me because her actions are exactly how my mom, maternal grandmother and paternal aunt behaved when and after drinking. I want to be their for my husband and Joe but cannot deal with any of Jane's drama.
I know I am being selfish but I can't deal with the flashbacks, anxiety and anger it's triggering in me.
Warriors fighting battles you can not see need to be respected based on what they say, not how things may appear!
I am 31 and have had chronic undiagnosed pain for 5 years. 2 weeks ago I was diagnosed w psoriatic arthritis.
I used to drink a lot, probably every day, to temporarily relieve the pain and the anger—I felt like my chronic pain was robbing me of my life and like I was a more pleasant person a little drunk than sober.
Now, bc of a new rx my pain is significantly better some days, but I am still angry, even more so than before. I stopped drinking heavily in February, but as my anger and rage curdle from knowing this arthritis is lifelong I find myself wanting to drink to calm down. I’m holding back from drinking, but now I’m spewing my anger on family and a potential significant other. Some days I hate everything, want to trash my apartment and berate my mom and this almost boyfriend. What can I do w my anger? How do I calm down and release this toxic energy?
I’m seeing a therapist, starting PT, going to acupuncture, but does anyone have any more immediate ideas for channeling my rage?
Ideas and advice appreciated 🙏🏼