LIEBE DEIDRE: ALCOHOL is ruining my life, and now I’m terrified I’ll lose my partner and kids too.
I want to stop drinking but nothing works. I’m weak-willed and any setback makes me reach for a strong drink.
I’m a 45-year-old woman and my partner is 48.
Our boys are 10 und 12.
I started drinking to cope with work stress.
A couple of glasses of wine a night became a bottle and, before I knew it, I was drinking to get through the day.
I am an alcoholic.
I feel and look terrible, and my partner is at the end of his tether with me.
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He says if I don’t stop, he’ll leave and take the children with him.
Without them, I’ll have nothing to live for.
DEIDRE SAGT: You’ve decided you want to get out of this spiral of self-destruction, and you’ve asked for help.
Those are the first steps in the road to recovery.
But you can’t do this alone. Please pick up the phone.
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Show your partner you want to get better and ask for his support.
Mein Support-Paket, Drinking Problem, will tell you where to find help.
Group therapy can be particularly effective for alcohol problems.