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Old 10-18-2010, 03:30 PM
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So I talked to him this weekend...

I thought I was strong.

And I thought I didnít really care.

I knew it would hurt but had no idea how much.

And this is just the beginningÖ

Iíve read many threads on here where people talk about missing their alcoholics and feeling bad for them and wanting to help them and I didnít get it. I got married because I was 17 and pregnant. I had wanted to break up with him then because even then I saw he had a drinking problem but I was too late. I didnít have those madly deeply in love feelings. I liked him. He was a good friend but I never would have said he was the love of my life. Weíve made a good team raising our family and heís a good person. I might be able to love him desperately if he was my husband all the time (instead of checking out every night with his bottle) and if he could learn to stop getting so mad about every little thing. If he was the person around me that he is to everyone else I bet I could love him with all of my heart. But heís not so I thought that this would be easier for me, less painfulÖ I was so wrong.

I had a talk with him Friday night. He said he couldnít promise me he would never drink again. This was early in the conversation when we were saying that weíre both good people, just want different things out of our lives and we can do this and be friends and still be a good team when it comes to the kidsÖ Later he asked if it would make a difference if he stopped drinking. I donít remember what I said, probably that I donít know. Much later we brought up counseling. I donít remember who brought it up first. He said he doesnít trust counselors because they always tell us we should get a divorce. I said ďwellÖĒ and he said, ďyeah, I guess thatís probably going to happen anyway.Ē

He said heís sorry for hurting me and wanted to make sure I knew that he never meant to and he hopes I have some good memories and not just all bad. He told me when he was in Vegas he just kept thinking about what a jerk heís been and feeling bad about that. He said he wants to make sure the kids and I are ok financially. He wants to make sure the credit card is paid off and that the roof is repaired asap so I donít have to worry about that. And then we just talked about general stuff for a while and he asked if we could at least start talking again. I hadnít been talking to him any more than necessary because I didnít want to just get lulled back into thinking everything was fine only to have them gradually return to the way they were. So yeah, we can talk and we just caught up on things going on at work and stuff.

The rest of the weekend was ok. He was looking at houses in the morning and talking about how much more expensive it is to rent than to buy and should he buy something close? Will the kids even go over? We hardly see them now as it is. Maybe heíd be better off getting a house up in the mountains an hour away that he would love. And I thought about him sitting in his little house alone and it broke my heart. And he mentioned again needing to pay off the credit card and getting a new roof and needing to get new stuff for his new home but I wouldnít have to worry about that, that would be his responsibility and I left the room and took a shower and sobbed.
This is so hard!

I DO NOT want to just let things slide and go back to the way they were. At first I was just shocked that he seemed to care. I really didnít think he did. He might not but I didnít expect him to act like he did. It took me by complete surprise and I didnít know how to react to that. I had hope that I didnít expect to have and it made me think maybeÖ.

Now that Iíve had some time I can see some things that should be red flags for me. He didnít say he would stop drinking. He made excuses for his drinking (I only have 3 a night, that time I got scary it was because I had been drinking tequila, Iíve really cut back, the last time I quit for a while I started again because you didnít say anything and I figured I might as well start again because what good is it doing me? etcÖ) He hasnít really committed to counseling. Even yesterday, I was lying in bed crying because I was just sad about the whole thing and he came in and put his arms around me and cried too and after a while said we need to cry together more often and talk to each other and help each other through it. (I donít remember the exact words but it mirrored something he was saying Friday night about us just helping each other through it and not needing counseling.)

I DO NOT want to just let things slip back to the way things were. We went through something similar years ago. He cried and said he was sorry and it was ok for a while but not for long enough. I donít want to be in this same place in another 15 yearsÖ I donít want to hurt him. I donít want to see him hurt. But he keeps hurting me.

I can not believe how hard this is. Or how bad it hurts. Or how easy it is to believe. And how bad I feel for himÖ
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Old 10-18-2010, 04:20 PM
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I of course have not married but the boyfriend I had also cried and said the same kind of thing, vague stuff and "support" none of it meant anything, really, he kept drinking.

Fast forward two years: he is still drinking the same way or more now that he has a partner that also loves to drink.

They are addicts and they are not like us. It hurts so much but they are Jekyll and Mr Hyde, not only Jekyll. Mr Hyde is unacceptable and there is nothing that we have done that makes it ok, or makes u deserving of such a poor treatment, denial, empty promises.

Addiction, Lies and Relationships

Addiction means always having to say you are sorry and finally, when being sorry is no longer good enough for others who have been repeatedly hurt by the addiction, addiction often means being sorry all alone.

Yes, sorry is not good enough, and has not been good enough for the ones of us that have gone No Contact. I am grateful SR exists because no one else gets how much it all hurts. I wish you the best in your journey and I hope you remember that YOU ARE SPECIAL regardless of what anyone else thinks, says, or does.
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Old 10-18-2010, 05:26 PM
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I have an ex that I tell everyone I am allergic to. Everytime I get into contact with him, I break out into stupids.

I just had to learn to let him alone. Yes he has many postivie qualities, but he just gives me a spiritual rash. So I walk away.
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Old 10-19-2010, 08:06 AM
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I fight this exact same battle with my XABF. When he pushes me to my limit and I think I am totally DONE with it all.....he will have that moment of clarity where he cries, begs and makes ME feel like I'm such a cold, uncaring person for leaving him. I think those of us who have let our hearts win over our heads (and the knowing better)....all end up right back where we started. They continue to drink.....we continue to hurt. sometimes you have to put your foot down and say enough is enough! Nothing changes if nothing changes. I can tell you from personal experience that no-contact is the only way I will EVER be able to put this behind me. I just don't have the strength nor the heart to do it yet.
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Old 10-19-2010, 08:31 AM
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Addiction, Lies and Relationships WOW! Unbelievably good.
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