Relapse. It seems easy enough to talk about relapse until it is happening to you or someone you love. It’s hard to know what to do when a recovering alcoholic relapses, especially when all your efforts up to that point have been on keeping that from happening. Shame and guilt are often layered on top of anger and worry due to feeling like you are letting loved ones down. Getting sober was hard, but coming back from a relapse can feel like there’s even more to lose.
Binge drinkers consume alcohol in large enough quantities to get legally drunk in two hours or less. In the U.S., people on drinking binges account for an astounding 90% of all the alcohol consumed by underage drinkers, and over 50% of all the alcohol consumed by drinkers of legal age. However, is binge drinking a bigger problem in the U.S. than in the rest of the world? A comparison with alcohol usage patterns in Europe will help us answer this question.
Living with a drug addict spouse often leads to a life full of turbulence and unpredictability. Your spouse probably has a lot of mood swings or emotional outbursts, and each day you may wonder what’s going to happen next. He or she may stay out later and later each night and sooner or later doesn’t come home at all. You struggle to hold onto cash or to keep credit cards away from your spouse. It’s a stressful way to live, and it’s hard to know at what point you should leave.