Alyson also takes painkillers from her dying father.Tommy, a 38-year-old ex-stockbroker, is addicted to cocaine.I do, however, talk about how proud I am of my ex and how far he’s gone to repair our friendship so we can co-parent our children.After talking to my friend though, I wanted to let anyone who might be struggling right now know…you are not alone.He told Jeff van Vonderen how the initial program had changed him but that he was still very depressed, so Jeff offered him a second visit to the treatment center, this time to focus on his depression.Gabe wanted to go back but could not commit as he had got a good job offer at the same time and being broke, needed to make money.Being married to an alcoholic did, however, greatly change me. I was reminded of all that I went through — and all the ways I’m still recovering from that time in my life — recently when a friend confided in me that her husband has a drinking problem. I didn’t let on how bad the situation had gotten until it reached a point where it affected other aspects of my life. If only I’d been better/skinnier/happier/more fun he might not have been driven to drink. It’s an emotional roller coaster, being with an addict.
Maybe it’s because the vast majority of us can have a few drinks, can even get drunk, but are not ruled by alcohol. After all, if we can do it, why can’t they just…stop?
Alyson now lives at home with her parents and is a heavy user of morphine and crack.