It might be a friend, or a colleague. Maybe an ex, or a sort-of relationship. Might be a relative who doesn’t live with you. In any case, their problems are draining YOU of energy and time, and the stress is mounting. It’s a toxic relationship.
Topics: co dependency, family dysfunction, toxic relationships
Anybody who lives or works with an active alcoholic is likely to hear a lot of excuses, along with protests that they are not, in fact, excuses.
Topics: communication, family dysfunction, recognizing the addict or alcoholic, signs and symptoms, toxic relationships
With some people, it’s better not to answer,because they’ll just argue with you anyway. In that case, smile and depart the scene.
Topics: co dependency, setting boundaries, toxic relationships
The family is operating under the misconception that folks in their town don’t know, when they already do.
Topics: family, family dysfunction, family involvement, stigma, toxic relationships
That’s because he’s better, but he’s still a long way from well.
Topics: addiction and the brain, disease, family, family dysfunction, toxic relationships
Pretty soon we’re having a big argument which ends with me feeling miserable and him gone to the pub.
Topics: addiction, alcoholism, communication, enabling, family, family dysfunction, getting help, provoking, toxic relationships