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User Topic: For Those That Love An Alcoholic - II
RockyMtn
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Default  Posted: 2:30 PM, April 21st (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Not all cheaters are alcoholics but all alcoholics eventually cheat.

You think? I mean, I get that they are cheating their families in many ways...but I didn't know all alcoholics cheat in the "infidelity" way. I have a lot of alcoholics in my extended family. If they cheated, I don't know about it. I definitely "get" though how many alcoholics cheat with AA buddies. I can see that sort of dysfunction and mutual desire to escape playing out in an affair.

Drinking in the bar with his drinking buddies, blowing smoke up each other's asses, bragging, etc. was a world apart from his day to day life as a husband, father, professional.

Yes, yes, yes! The blowing smoke up each other's asses rings so true for me. Pathetic.

He always kept both world's separate so why not the LTA?

Another yes, yes, yes. I can totally see this. His A with OW1 didn't start until he got pills from her. I really think if the pills were out of the equation, he MAY have told me about her initial pass at him. Maybe. We just talked about it the other night and he said, "telling you about her pass, even though I wasn't really all that into it or her, was impossible because then I would've had to tell you about the pills." The pills had to be kept from me, therefore she had to be kept from me. And it all spiraled down from there.

It wasn't until d-day that my FWH finally hit bottom and woke up.

Same here, on D-Day 2 (when I discovered OW1 and the pills; I had only known about OW2 at that point and not even ALL of OW2 including the amount of alcohol involved). As soon as I knew all of this, I said, "I want a divorce. And you are an alcoholic." That was the first time I clearly knew he was an alcoholic. I mean, I had considered it but most of his drinking had been functional as far as I knew - and functional drinking is easier to be in denial about. Once I realized how much substances had pervaded his life with these women - who were both co-workers, therefore pervaded his work life - the "functionality" of it all became clear as a farce.

Anyway, njgal, your response was really helpful.


Me, BS, 30s
Him, WS, 30s, Steppenwolf
Kids: Yep
D-Day 1: September 2011, 6 week EA
D-Day 2: January 2013, discovered EA was a PA; there was another PA in 2010. All TT.
Goal = serenity.

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njgal480
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Default  Posted: 6:07 PM, April 22nd (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Maybe I was over generalizing when I said that all alcoholics end up cheating on their spouses.

Maybe not all-but, very many do.

I was one of those wives that never imagined my H would ever cheat on me.

I knew that he had a drinking problem and that was problematic for us as a couple but there was one thing that I could count on-he was devoted to me!

Well, I was wrong about that.

After d-day I read a book by Janet Woititz- Marriage on the Rocks.

It described my marriage.

And in this book the author stated that it wasn't a matter of 'if' the alcoholic would have an affair but more a question of 'when'.

It was an 'Aha' moment for me.

Of course I thought.

Where do guys go to 'get lucky'?-a bar!

why?

because everyone is drunk, their judgement is impaired, they are in a 'fantasy' place.

Have you ever noticed that bars do not have clocks?

usually do not have windows so that you cannot see how late it is.

You are in this cocoon of loud music, low lights, alcohol, laughs, jokes, bragging, lies, inappropriate sexual jokes etc.
Basically one huge slippery slope.

The bar scene is like the commercial for Las Vegas...some people feel that they have a ticket to misbehave.

That commercial-what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas..says it all.

Looking back I realize that any married spouse that spends a lot of time in that environment is vulnerable.


Me- BS
Him- WH
Long term marriage
D-day- Jan. 2007
5 yr. LTA
Reconciled.


Posts: 3163 | Registered: Jul 2009 | From: NJ
RockyMtn
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Default  Posted: 10:20 PM, April 23rd (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Hi again, njgal. I'll PM you. Our experiences are a bit different. My WH never did the bar thing. Well, he did, when we were young and everyone did. Otherwise, the vast majority of his drinking was at home. I actually remember him turning down things that would be fun, with friends, family, etc. I thought he was just lazy at the time, but he's told me since that he just wanted to sit at home and get a buzz on.

When the 2nd A hit (the one I discovered) - that's when he went to the bar a lot all of the sudden. And was my first red flag. It isn't that he never went to the bar, just that it was an occasional thing that turned into almost weekly. So, yes, I get what you're saying about the cocoon and shutting yourself in and the outside out.


Me, BS, 30s
Him, WS, 30s, Steppenwolf
Kids: Yep
D-Day 1: September 2011, 6 week EA
D-Day 2: January 2013, discovered EA was a PA; there was another PA in 2010. All TT.
Goal = serenity.

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haleyscomet
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Default  Posted: 1:57 AM, May 7th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

ToTrustAgain: Part of active alcoholism is escaping feelings and reality. I know that I didn't deal with, or process ANYTHING while I was drinking. That's half the reason I drank in the first place! To avoid dealing with life on life's terms.

This makes so much sense to me. My cheating X-boyfriend is an alcoholic... It hurt so much that he seemed so 'cold'.

NJGal480: He has said that a big part of the attraction was that she did not judge him for the drinking and instead encouraged it... I was his conscience reminding him what a screw up he was while she was his ego stroke who encouraged the drinking etc.
Alcoholics/addicts are also incredibly selfish and insensitive to the needs of others....The alcoholic mind blurs out personal ethics and values and only cares about feeding its pleasures and desires.

This too makes so much sense and is comforting to me.... So many times I thought/felt "Why did SHE make him happy and not me?" and "How could he do this to me?"

He was able to do anything because his drinking protected him from dealing with anything!

Thank you all for sharing.


me: bgf - 46
him: wwbf - 40
lived together 2-1/2 years
dday1 dec 16 2012 found texts
dday2 dec 29 2012 intercepted texts
dday3 feb 20 2013 found texts during false R
status: its over


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njgal480
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Default  Posted: 10:48 AM, June 25th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I wanted to bump this for those that are dealing with alcoholism/addiction as well as infidelity and may not realize that this thread exists.


Me- BS
Him- WH
Long term marriage
D-day- Jan. 2007
5 yr. LTA
Reconciled.


Posts: 3163 | Registered: Jul 2009 | From: NJ
libertyrocks
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Default  Posted: 1:13 PM, June 25th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Thanks NJgal. I found it...Ugh, both our chemical dependency therapists talk about the addiction. I just don't buy that story. 8 OW in 3 years because of beer??


Me-BW 36. STBXH-35,Recovering Alcoholic, M6yrs T13. Boys 2 & 4 1/2.
DDay #1 Nov,2012. 1 1/2 year false R & TT. 10 OW PA's 1LTA (W lied to) 3 years.
S Nov, 2013 again Jan,2014
Filed for D Feb,2014.

Posts: 962 | Registered: Apr 2013 | From: So Cal, baby. :)
njgal480
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Default  Posted: 11:35 AM, June 27th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

The alcohol is not an excuse for the infidelity.
It is just another example of how toxic their addictive thinking is.
Addicts/alcoholics are selfish and focused on escaping from reality.
The affairs are another way to escape.
IMHO you cannot begin to work on R until the alcoholic gets sober and goes to AA and/or IC to try to understand the underlying causes for his addictive personality.


Me- BS
Him- WH
Long term marriage
D-day- Jan. 2007
5 yr. LTA
Reconciled.


Posts: 3163 | Registered: Jul 2009 | From: NJ
Ascendant
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Default  Posted: 12:56 PM, June 27th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Thanks for the bump... I knew it existed, forgot it was here. A question for all: Did your WS's drinking habits make it hard to get an accurate timeline and/or details regarding the A? I know the hard-line here on SI is to demand whatever info you need to heal, and that any 'I don't knows' are just Wayward trickle truth or lies. My issue is that my wife has always had a terrible memory during drinking stints.... I mean, there have been times where she didn't remember conversations we had the night before and a few times where she didn't remember having sex with me, even.


I keep my mind on my future/and my eyes on the sky/I don't really smile much/If you were there you'd know why.

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kiki1
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Default  Posted: 1:38 PM, June 27th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Hello Face I like that name My wh often forgets as well. Conversations and sex. oh yes, no wonder he didnt think he was getting enough.

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njgal480
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Default  Posted: 6:43 PM, June 27th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Face- My FWH did have blackouts etc. during the LTA years.

When I would press him about details about the over the top sex acts that they alluded to in their emails he said it was not that way in reality.

Both he and the MOW would get stinking drunk and it would be sloppy blind drunk sex that he could barely recall.

I was lucky (if you can call it that) because the vast majority of my FWH's sexcapades with the MOW/co-worker/drinking buddy took place at yearly work related conferences, workshops etc.so he knew the dates and could go back years listing them for me in his timeline.

But, he did say that he was drunk all the time.


Me- BS
Him- WH
Long term marriage
D-day- Jan. 2007
5 yr. LTA
Reconciled.


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WastedTime12
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Default  Posted: 7:39 PM, June 27th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I am not even sure I know where I belong! My ExH is an alcoholic, conflict avoidant who was in an on again off again 5 year affair!


Life is meant to be lived, not numbed!

In his quest for freedom, he set me free!


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njgal480
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Default  Posted: 8:10 PM, June 27th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Wasted- is your WH still drinking? Or is he sober? Has he ended the LTA?
My FWH had. 5 yr LTA also. It only ended because I found out!


Me- BS
Him- WH
Long term marriage
D-day- Jan. 2007
5 yr. LTA
Reconciled.


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WastedTime12
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Default  Posted: 9:41 PM, June 27th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Njgal -

He is still drinking and I do not know if be is in contact with her at this time.


Life is meant to be lived, not numbed!

In his quest for freedom, he set me free!


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njgal480
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Default  Posted: 6:02 AM, June 28th (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Wasted-
How are you handling that? the continued drinking?
and the lack of transparency about the affair?
Have you tried the 180?


Me- BS
Him- WH
Long term marriage
D-day- Jan. 2007
5 yr. LTA
Reconciled.


Posts: 3163 | Registered: Jul 2009 | From: NJ
WastedTime12
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Default  Posted: 8:08 AM, June 28th (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

njgal -

I found this site way too late. Love it.
In the beginning, I tried to beg, bitch, plead, scream, cry, be understanding, wait it out (all kinds of things), I did not know about the affair until 2009, had been going on since late 2008. Found out about the affair when he went to rehab in 2009. He swore he was done drinking and that the affair was over. Couple of months later went right back to both the alcohol and the affair started back up. Found out and kicked him out. My mistake in taking him back just a couple of months after I kicked him out. We went on for a while with him gaslighting me and omitting all kinds of things, not to mention hiding the drinking.

Found out in 2010 he had either gotten in contact with her again or had never quit contact. Threatened to divorce him, he asked for another chance and I gave it to him. He slowed the drinking down and white knuckled it for awhile but he could not maintain sobriety.

In 2011, he was full on drinking again and again contacted her. I filed for divorce, he begged for one more chance, I told him he could have that chance while the divorce was happening. I after a few months stopped the divorce and a few months later he started drinking again. He went to rehab again in early 2012, we started counceling and I thought we were finally making progress.

He decided that he did not want to live sober and that he had been fooling himself for the last (insert however long years here) regarding how he wanted to live his life.

We spoke, decided to get a divorce and he told me and I quote you "I am in damage control now".

48 hours later he was back in contact with her and the rest is history.

While he was busy playing with her, I was busy getting a divorce.

He moved out for a few weeks and could not afford his rent. I let him stay with me for a few months then could not stand seeing him drunk every day, all day.

He now lives with his parents.
I now have peace of mind and it is priceless!


Life is meant to be lived, not numbed!

In his quest for freedom, he set me free!


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njgal480
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Default  Posted: 12:33 PM, June 28th (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

wastedtime-

It's too bad that your xWH has decided to continue to drink and live a toxic lifestyle.

My guess would be that the OW was/is also an alcoholic?

That was true for my FWH-the OW was a drinking buddy that encouraged his drinking while I was always trying to get him to stop drinking.
That was a big part of the attraction-the booze.

You did your best to try to help him and save the marriage but he ultimately chose the addiction.

Maybe one day he will wake up and realize all that he threw away.
But,regardless,it sounds like you are in a good place.

[This message edited by njgal480 at 1:48 PM, June 28th (Friday)]


Me- BS
Him- WH
Long term marriage
D-day- Jan. 2007
5 yr. LTA
Reconciled.


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DriveMeCrazy
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Default  Posted: 8:44 AM, July 9th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

My why is an alcoholic. I didn't realize how bad it was until we were married. His drinking was the cause of many arguments...and got to the point where I told him I wanted a divorce. This is when his 5 year lta began.

We somehow stuck together, but he continued his drinking. All the suspicious behaviors I blamed on drinking, not an A.

His lta ended prior to me finding out but he was still in contact with her. All contact ended on dday. That is also when I found out it was not just drinking, but drugs too.

He quit all cold turkey right after dday, and we are r. So far, so good.

She supported his addictions while I hated the drinking. She not only bought them for him, but did them with him.


I am the BS, his LTA lasted almost 5 years. Ended immediately on dday. In reconciliation.

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brokenandconfuse
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Default  Posted: 3:51 PM, July 15th (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

joining this forum too.


2DS, 2DD
BS-Me 32
WH-Him 43
DDay-All 14 years of our relationship. 3PA's, 3 one night stands, and 6 EA's and still counting as we go. Gained enough strength to face it 11/2012

Getting Divorced


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njgal480
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Default  Posted: 4:03 PM, July 15th (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

drivemecrazy-
amazing how similar these stories are. My FWH also went NC with the OW on d-day and never looked back. He also got sober and went to AA.
That is why we are R.


Me- BS
Him- WH
Long term marriage
D-day- Jan. 2007
5 yr. LTA
Reconciled.


Posts: 3163 | Registered: Jul 2009 | From: NJ
Why??
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Sad  Posted: 6:24 PM, July 16th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

This sad news re: Cory Monteith from Glee reminded me of my xalcoholic spouse. We are NC but I fear one day he might have a relapse and have something really bad happen. I don't think about that often or anything. This whole story really saddens me. How he actually went to rehab and was getting help it seemed...not that they've given a cause of death. Really hope my x is recovered out there and living a healthy existence. I'm really not angry at him anymore. Hard to believe I would get here...Prayers to all addicts that they can find sobriety and happiness.


"Don't let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game."

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