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Old 12-29-2011, 08:06 PM
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P.S. My husband was also staunchly opposed to therapy or counseling of any kind for years, so I began going alone and it helped me, then he went. I would have bet a million bucks he would never quit drinking or seek help, but miracles do happen!!!
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Old 12-29-2011, 08:26 PM
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Hugs!! I like your plan. I will steal your idea about having a goal everyday even if its a mini-goal. Let us know how you are doing.
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Old 12-29-2011, 08:56 PM
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P.S. My husband was also staunchly opposed to therapy or counseling of any kind for years, so I began going alone and it helped me, then he went. I would have bet a million bucks he would never quit drinking or seek help, but miracles do happen!!!
THIS is what I need to read more of...all these sad stories of people who let their significant other make their own decisions and they just continue drinking anyway...thank you for this!
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Old 12-29-2011, 09:36 PM
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THIS is what I need to read more of...all these sad stories of people who let their significant other make their own decisions and they just continue drinking anyway...thank you for this!
Glad it helped. I finally learned that I had to live MY BEST LIFE, with or without him! So I started just working on ME... and that made all the difference.
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:53 PM
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When you make your decision to leave it must be final. You must be at peace that you have done everything you can to save your marriage and it is now over. You are not going back.

If you don't have a permanent full time job with health benefits from which you can support yourself - don't leave. That job needs to be in place before you exit. If your husband doesn't have a job or inadequate income, you may get hit with having to pay him maintanence.

If your name is one the deed to the house and the mortgage - DO NOT MOVE OUT. You need to stay in control of that asset as much as you can.

Take your name off all joint credit cards and/or pay them off before you file for divorce. You will not be excused from any debt with the credit card company, mortgage, etc just because the Judge orders it is your spouses debt. Your lawyer can explain that one and it's no joke.

After filing for a divorce, file a motion to freeze all the retirement accounts. If your spouse liquidates the accounts, the Judge may order he has to pay X back to you but in the real world you'll never see that money again.

The family court system is the most immoral and abusive institution on the planet. Whatever abuse you put up with out of your addict spouse may at times seem minuet in comparision to the crap the legal system will put you through. The Court will not give a crap that your husband is an alcoholic, etc. They are there simply to grant you a divorce. You won't get what's fair. You can take the same case to three different judges and get three different outcomes. The only thing that will be the same is that you will get a divorce decree.

Your lawyer is not your friend. Read that again. They make a killing off of a fight (of the illusion of a threat) not agreement.

Your children are not your counselor, legal advisor, financial planner or friend - so don't go there. Focus on being on being a mother to your adult children and be honest with them but know your boundaries.
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Old 12-30-2011, 04:40 PM
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Wow, I could've written this myself. I'm just a few years ahead of you in the marriage and I've been in al-anon for 4 and 1/2 years. Last year on New Year's eve, I had the same sad thought about how could I do another year. It almost seems like a sentence to me that I've already served besides the fact that I should get out on good behavior! I've planned to leave, I've gotten him to marriage counseling a few times, and I've asked him to quit drinking. All this to no avail, and he's never admitted he's an alcoholic or made any serious attempts to stop drinking. But like your AH, he does all the right little things to keep me hooked in. I'm just tired of the same ole drinking quacking and can't have a decent conversation with him about anything that matters. I just want a relationship that I can be happy about for the rest of my life and know this one is never going to be that relationship. I'm working on me due to al-anon or I would be truly insane.

You have rec'd some great advice here. I'm praying for all of us that are sitting on the fence with Alcoholic spouses. May our higher power lead us in the right path to our own happiness whether with the alcoholic or not.
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