Signs you may be dating an alcoholic
The first step is to learn as much as you can about alcoholism and codependency.Many of the things people do to help an addict or alcoholic are counterproductive and actually can make things worse.Listen to the experience, strength, and hope of others in recovery. There are meetings for friends, relatives and children of alcoholics.There is also Nar-Anon Family Group meetings for friends and relatives of drug addicts.We make excuses for no-shows at work and family gatherings, and patch up damaged property, relationships, and self-inflicted mishaps.We may also endure financial hardship, criminality, domestic violence, or infidelity due to the addict’s behavior. We hide our private lives from friends, co-workers, and even family to cover up the problems created by addiction or alcoholism.Our sense of safety and trust erodes as our isolation and despair grow. I refer to alcoholism, but many of the feelings that partners experience are the same, regardless of the type of addiction.Addiction is Considered a Disease Alcohol is a drug, and alcoholism is a disease.
The most recent fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders labels excessive drinking an “Alcohol Use Disorder.” It refers to an alcoholic as a person with an Alcohol Use Disorder.
Drinks despite the recurrent social or interpersonal problems caused or worsened as a result 7.
Stops or reduces important activities due to drinking 8. Drinks despite a recurrent physical or psychological problem caused or worsened as a result 10.
No matter what they say, addicts aren’t drinking or using because of you, nor because they lack morality or willpower.
They drink and use because they have a disease and an addiction.
Our shame isn’t warranted; nonetheless, we feel responsible for the actions of the addict.