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Old 11-05-2017, 06:39 PM
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Sober and having hard time with spouse

I am sober 6 weeks and I am finding it hard to deal with the real world. My husband irritates me and instead of ignoring it because I'm drinking, I have to learn how to deal with everyday problems. It's harder than I realized it would be. Does anyone relate? Please give me some advice. Thank you guys...
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Old 11-05-2017, 06:51 PM
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I'll just say this; I had to re-evaluate ALL of my relationships once sober. Business,personal,family,ect.. I HAD too,to remain sober. Look..I'm sure you've hurt him with your drinking in one way or twenty..That sucks,but it happened. Us addicts want instant fixes. That's why we drink/use. With people and relationships it's not so cut/dry. You really have to work at it and take their feelings into account(this was hard for me because I'm a selfish drunk).
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Old 11-05-2017, 06:59 PM
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I'll just say this; I had to re-evaluate ALL of my relationships once sober. Business,personal,family,ect.. I HAD too,to remain sober. Look..I'm sure you've hurt him with your drinking in one way or twenty..That sucks,but it happened. Us addicts want instant fixes. That's why we drink/use. With people and relationships it's not so cut/dry. You really have to work at it and take their feelings into account(this was hard for me because I'm a selfish drunk).
Thanks for your reply. I have hurt him and he's had to pick me up from a face plant more times than I can remember. I too am selfish, and it brings tears to my eyes to admit it. I will work at it. I just need time, i guess...
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Old 11-05-2017, 07:07 PM
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I can relate. I hid from sober feelings for thirty years.
Over six years sober now and like AA says, things that used to baffle me, I can now handle (to paraphrase-and badly) But I hope you get the gist.
It's a whole new world, if you drank like I did.
What I once hid from, I now revel in. The anxiety, impatience and fear have mostly lifted.
I can now get along with people, and deal with circumstances, that used to **** me off or irritate me.

Give it some time. You may irritate your husband as much as he does you. Just speculating.
The only thing that's changed in your relationship is everything.
I hope you can learn acceptance and tolerance. And I hope things level out and you find a new you and a new husband who you except and love as he is. Sober.
Hope this makes sense.
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Give it some time. You may irritate your husband as much as he does you. Just speculating.
The only thing that's changed in your relationship is everything.
I hope you can learn acceptance and tolerance. And I hope things level out and you find a new you and a new husband who you except and love as he is. Sober.
Hope this makes sense.[/QUOTE]

Ghostlight, that makes total sense. I was so busy focusing on what I was going through, I didn't even think about how the new me was affecting him. You're right. EVERYTHING has changed. You guys are the wake up call I needed. I am relearning how to relate to the world. I am glad I didn't waste anymore time, because half my life was spent in a haze. No wonder he seemed great. Now I have to see the good in him with clarity. Maybe even cut him some slack...
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Welcome to the family! I hope you and your hubby can iron out your differences and grow closer. Getting sober is a huge change. I hope our support can help you get along better with him.

Congrats on six weeks sober!
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Boy,

The real world is a scary place. Hiding in a bottle of booze was great until it was horrible.

Getting clean is tough, staying clean is tougher.

But, us drunks are pretty tough.

Wanting to quit is half the battle won.

Thanks.
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SR is a Godsend, and I feel with you guys help and much needed dose of reality, I have peace that someone out there gets it and I'm not alone.
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You're not alone here. There's all kinds of people with the same and different experiences.
Stick around.
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Old 11-06-2017, 03:19 AM
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Originally Posted by boyml27 View Post
I too am selfish,
You have recognized a key fact. May I suggest a quick read of page 62 in the Big Book? Link follows:

https://www.aa.org/assets/en_US/en_bigbook_chapt5.pdf
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