The odds are fairly good that a recovering alcoholic will not start consuming alcohol again if they stay connected with a support group. It’s sad when they do start drinking again, but you need to realize something, there’s nothing you can do about it.
You cannot let fear grip your life. You must learn how to enjoy everyday life even if they decide to drink.
You have no control over their choice to get intoxicated.
This is why it is so important to get involved in a program like Al-anon. You will find the help that you need there from people who know how to cope with addicts.
There is a really good article here: Recovering Alcoholic Start Drinking
Here are three ideas to help you:
- You did not cause them to drink-It is so important to understand that you did not make them pick up a drink and start drinking again. It is their responsibility to make right choices.
- You have no control over them-This usually takes a little time to fully understand. We try so hard to control what the alcoholic is doing and we fail miserably. If they want to drink, there is nothing that you can do to stop them. It’s best to just let them go.
- You cannot make them well-It is not in your power to cure their illness. They must make a decision on their own to get help. If a recovering alcoholic starts drinking again, you cannot make them well. There’s nothing that you can do to cause the disease of alcoholism to stop once they have opened the door again.
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