Me and my husband have been together from a very young age- I guess he’s the only relationship I’ve ever known. Alcohol has been a part of his life since he was a child and was given it to get him to sleep as a small boy. When we first started dating as teenagers his drinking wasn’t considered out of the norm as he was 19 and that was what all 19 year olds did - myself and he just brushed it off with the fact that it’s not something I’m into as I never really drank. He let me down a lot not turning up for dates etc treating me badly getting in trouble with the law as a result of his habits. Fast forward 10 years and I’m still here going through it only now we have two children.
At this time of year everything is more difficult as temptation is around - any excuse to get drunk and stay out. The effects on me have been huge depression anxiety I daring go put as I can’t leave the children in his care. He’s lost countless jobs, gone out on binges for days on end and dabbled in hardcore drugs. He lost his driving licences year ago for drink driving. Only thing is he won’t admit it’s a problem and regularly says being able to drink as much as he does is a ‘gift’ he’s gone to a few AA meetings to please me and the odd council session arranged by his gp.
The latest is he trashed our house and I called police as I was afraid he has never done this before but even tho my children didn’t witness this I still fear I’m putting them at risk. And they hear the arguments and see his bad moods after a drink or when he hasn’t got a drink. I don’t have the strength to carry on I’m mentally exhausted and on top of all this I work full time and pay for everything. He’s so unreliable with money and regularly blows his wages on binges. I know I should leave but I worry I’d never cope alone and we’ve been together for such a long time but my kids don’t deserve this! I’m not sure what advice anyone can give - I don’t know how to make things better but what I do now recognise is after years of trying I can’t get him to seek help and face up to his problems. Sorry for the long post xx