Thursday, February 7, 2013

Sacrificing Myself For The Alcoholic.

A good friend in program wrote to say that I can have compassion for my husband's serious illness, without having to be a human sacrifice. I hadn't realised until it was put to me in exactly those terms, that this is what I've been feeling, that he is expecting me to sacrifice my hard-won freedom and serenity, in order to go back and look after him.

He has strong support from his AA friends, so he is not alone, they are taking good care of him. I can feel for his strtuggle, but I don't have to give up what I've worked so hard to gain since leaving the marriage, simply because he wants me to do so.

He has the ultimate manipulation tool - he's seriously ill. There's nothing I could do to improve his health, or change his situation, I'd simply be dragged back down into the dark place I was in when I made the decision to leave. Also, I don't trust him, because of all the lying. I have the right to say "No" even in the face of his attempts to manipulate me. I have the right to decide that my life is of value, and doesn't need to be put on hold to nurse a man who seems unable to see me as anything other than a resource for his use.

I deserve happiness. I deserve peace, and to love and be loved. Only I can give myself freedom. That's what I did 7 months ago when I walked away from a 17 year marriage that had become increasingly empty and depressing - I gave myself freedom. Iturned it over to my Higher Power, trusted that I would be cared for, and I have been, in amazing ways.


  1. You are doing the right thing! Yes, there is always a place for compassion to our fellow man. But it is to be your choice, not because you are being coerced. This man just wants to use you, and suck you dry. You are so right to look after yourself and let others take care of him. You know he would not do the same for you if the situation were reversed. Stay strong! God has delivered you! Don't let yourself be taken captive again.

  2. No is always a choice, you can always change your mind, with the guidance of your higher power. Honor your experience/past.


  3. Taking care of yourself is a good thing. You left because the relationship was empty. I stayed for so long until I couldn't take anymore. For some of us, it takes a long time to surrender our will. I was one of those. I'm glad that the miracle happened for my wife and me. We get a daily reprieve. I am grateful.