So, my thread is similar to manheart ‘s recent thread in this section. We have a slightly similar issue and her thread has given me some nice insights but I wanted to be more specific to my situation and feelings. A few of you might have seen my thread about meeting and dating my boyfriend about 4 months now. I mentioned that I did not see a forever with him and that is still true. There are a few reasons why but the one I want to talk about today is that he is a functioning alcoholic, who, just 2 days ago entered a 30 day treatment program all on his own. I know some of you are asking why I have been drawn to him and it’s because we have A LOT of fun together and are very attracted to each other. He is super sweet, loving, affectionate, kind and adoring to me too, more than any man has ever been to me and I love it. The thing is that is all we have – fun, attraction and an emotional connection. He is a functioning alcoholic and since he was drinking when I met him, I’ve only ever seen and known him drunk. He doesn’t “act drunk” but he is drunk.
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It may not get you very tipsy but drink too much of this and you could still end up feeling sick. Definitely not one for me. Think of a sweet fruit salad with a little spritz to it. The bouquet is attractive and a little herby, though taste-wise it is rather gutless. Reminds me of melons, and has a curious finish – like artificial sweetener.
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What does this mean? Where will it lead? Is this a problem to be solved, or a phase in the development of a new social order? I have no answer to these questions but I do know this — there are only two single men in Baltimore and they both have girlfriends. In , when I arrived in town newly separated, helpful friends pointed out two fellows I’ll call Monty and Elliot. Monty was a dashing silver-haired photographer known for his elegant cocktail parties, Elliot a clever bartender in horn-rimmed glasses who was also a sportswriter.
I cast my gaze in both directions but didn’t end up dating either one of them. Five years went by. Many more marriages ended. Numbered among the most recent crop of emerging singles is my fetching friend Strawberry Shortcake, a wide-eyed Girl Scout type fifteen years younger than I, hence not as scarred by the dissolution and depravity of the s and 80s.
This past Saturday I had the honor of taking Strawberry on her first night on the town as a single woman.
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I tell you this not because he is a famous sports hero, international movie star, or political head of state. He is actually was once just a plain, caring, fun-loving man. Years ago I fell in love with this man who had a boyish, mischievous sparkle in his eye — a partner that loved dogs, noodles and butter, and me.
A quick word to the wise: Watch out for the inevitable date who’s an alcoholic. In today’s day and age, people can get addicted to an almost endless range of substances: alcohol, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, pills, .
Contact Author It occurs to me, even after all the articles I have written about alcoholism, that many out there simply do not understand what goes on in the mind of an alcoholic. Many alcoholics do not even understand their own thought processes—at least until they find sobriety and have done research on the matter. So how could we possibly expect normal people to comprehend what is inside of our minds? I am going to take you on a little trip. It may, however, exhaust you emotionally if you have a loved one who is or was an alcoholic.
What is maddening about alcoholism is that it affects everyone in the family—not just the alcoholic. The alcoholic, of course, suffers physically when heavy drinking occurs, but the family also suffers emotionally and psychologically in dealing with the alcoholic, and that may be the true tragedy of this disease. Alcoholism does not discriminate; in a way it is the perfect democracy in the disease world, allowing membership to any race, creed, or gender.
If left unchecked this perfect disease is a ruthless killer, and taking prisoners is not in its vocabulary. At this age I had no plans to be an alcoholic. Source Disclaimer There are millions of alcoholics around the world, so naturally what I say in the following paragraphs does not apply to all. However, there are a great number of similarities among alcoholics, so I will tell you what I have observed and heard from others and we will have this little disclaimer that it certainly does not apply to every single alcoholic.
Having said that let us begin our tour inside a rather scary place.
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Ending things with an alcoholic Having some chat technical difficulties Long-time lurker finally writing. I’ve been in a two-plus year relationship that when good, is really good. When it’s bad, it just is awful.
Communication is important in any dating scenario, but for a recovering alcoholic, communication is vital. Unless you are also a recovering alcoholic, don’t purport to understand or put yourself in the shoes of another person who is sober.
I had told him on 6 different occasions about something that he still has no memory of; and he kept asking about the same thing. At first it was fun, since he is a frisky, happy person when he drinks. For example when I said something he thought was hilarious, he would laugh so hard that he looked like he was in pain and almost crying. That really scared me.
He had memory loss. He forgot where he was. His blood pressure went through the roof—total confusion. It took several months and a nearly misdiagnosed permanent disability issue. His body was using the stored b12 and folic acid that you build up and store for 4 yrs. It was completely depleted causing memory loss and the ability to function.
He now is supposed to be taking b12 shots to replace the vitamins he lost. Drinking will do many strange things to your body and will eventually destroy brain cells which has happened.
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There is always a way out! When you have an alcoholic friend or family member blaming you, it can be very difficult to know what to do. You might feel angry, frustrated, and even scared. Even with all of your help and support, the alcoholic may still blame you. Thankfully, our many years of experience with alcoholics and their close relationships have taught us what to do when an alcoholic blames you for their problems. We have compiled a few steps that we believe are helpful when dealing with this situation.
Sep 16, · Dating an alcoholic Posted: 9/16/ PM Alcoholism is a disease folks!! and just like a person with cancer needs treatment, so does an alcoholic need treatment.
Because alcoholism is a chronic condition, dating and relationships should be conducted in the context of the individual’s recovery, a personal and unique process. People in programs such as Alcoholic Anonymous are encouraged not to date or otherwise pursue relationships until they have achieved one year of sobriety. Even after a year, there are factors to keep in mind if you are dating or considering dating a recovering alcoholic.
Educate yourself on what alcoholism is and how it can potentially affect you. The National Institutes of Health report that the effects of alcoholism can range from mild to severe for the recovering individual as well as for his supports. As a source of support for the person you are dating, you need to understand that person’s triggers as well as his sources of ongoing wellness and abstinence.
If possible, attend local groups created to provide support for friends and family members who love a person with alcoholism. Make a concerted effort to maintain open channels of communication with the person you are dating. Communication is important in any dating scenario, but for a recovering alcoholic, communication is vital.
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Thanks for sharing your story; I read through it twice. Our readers will answer your question about whether or not your husband is an alcoholic in the comments section. My husband and I have been married 15 years now, second marriage for both of us. No children between us but both of us each have an adult child from previous marriages. I knew my husband drank beer before we married but never saw signs of any abuse and not until 8 years into our marriage did I think there may be a problem.
As a mother, my first thought is to say no. One of my daughters, who is an addict seems to gravitate towards dating other addicts and alcoholics. We see this type of behavior often such as with women who keep going back to people who are abusive. I agree with that. After a year of sobriety, if you are really working on changing yourself, you are usually in a pretty healthy place. Even after a year, however, should addicts date other addicts?
If you are a member of AA, there is a pretty good chance that you will meet someone in one of the meetings that you are attracted to.