I’m not a huge fan of Alcoholics Annoymous though I always do qualify that by saying,
“But if it works for someone, then that is great.”
My issues with AA stem from the fact that its doctrine seems to put forth this idealogy that alcoholism is somehow this “simple” issue that has their one and only “simple” solution.
Turn your drinking over to (your version) of God. They couch God in the euphamism of “your high power” but don’t be fooled. AA is a faith based program.
Never drink again.
Attend AA meetings indefinitely.
One other, in my opinion, myth AA perpetuates is this idea of “rock bottom.” As in the alcoholic has to hit “rock bottom” before he will be able to stop drinking.
Of course for some alcoholics, there will be a cataclysmic event that so shocks and scares them that they turn to a life of sobriety and never look back.
They kill someone in a car accident.
They almost kill someone.
They pass out only to wake up with no idea where they are or how they got there.
They experience blackouts that cause them to lose days of their lives.
Yes, these can happen.
Of course they can.
Alcoholism takes all forms.
The truth is the majority of alcoholics never hit the proverbial rock bottom.
They just free fall indefinitely until they get tired of falling.
Or never stop falling.
For most, alcoholism is a chasm with no bottom.
And guess what?
It’s the exact same for the wives of alcoholics!!
We don’t finaly decide to leave because there is one big, overwhelming event or tragedy that jars out of our troubled complacency: we decide to leave because the daily living of little tragedies (peppered with the classic-alcoholic events like ruined holidays and drunken family vacations) finally becomes too much.
I know I buried my lead here, but I am leaving.
I didn’t lead with my lead because I felt the need to explain.
I have said I needed to leave before.
I have written about my “decision” to leave and then wrote no more of any effort.
It’s not because I “lied” or was posturing.
It wasn’t an idle threat launched in the world blogging.
It’s because this is the very difficult and convulted emotinonal trajectory of leaving an alcoholic husband.
We make the decision over and over again until we finally make the decision.
I have chosen the date.
June 14, 2019.
There are things I need to get in place (i.e. finances. aka money!) and while June 7, 2019 is doable it will also be a hustle.
The biggest obstacle women face in leaving their alcoholic husbands is making the definitive decision to leave.
I have made the decision.
I am tired of falling.