Hello Friends: The reason for my post is just this. Do any of you have any experiences with the personality traits of alcoholics?, former ones or present ones? This has been on my heart lately, and how I may help them, or deal with them at all actually. There are several in my family, unfortunately. A few who have sobered up, thanks be to God, but the traits are still there, obsessive/compulsive disorder, and escape-ism or denial of reality, and an inability to see most things clearly. I’m afraid they’ll always be this way.
My boyfriend of long ago, before I married my H was one. He was on a perpetual rollar coaster of emotions, sober, or not. Even after he sobered up for years, he was so obsessive/compulsive with me I had to end it. He was a most successful attorney all the same, and gifted and passionate beyond belief.
Does anybody have any insight into this? As I have a few in my own life presently, that I would like to hear some wisdom about how to deal with them. What does it take to help a person such as this? We Catholics can share our Faith, but is there something else we can do to help them? One cousin, in particular is having a really hard time. She has been married 4 times and is currently living as a “kept” woman. She has kept sober for a long time, but I’m afraid her problems still are there. Even though she is “sober” she still is a mess. I’m her only cousin she ever calls and can count on, and I’ve run out of things to say to her. Any advice? She is Greek Orthodox, and as of late when we were discussing the Mass, she told me she has not gone for 1 year.