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Posted by: Evelyn Leite on 09/26/2022

Detachment: The Gift of Letting Go While Living with an Alcoholic

Living with an alcoholic tends to surface feelings of anger, shame and guilt. These stem from the constant confusion, conflict, unpredictability, inconsistency, mistrust, and sense of failure that each family member experiences. 

Detachment is God’s gift to the overwhelmed mind, allowing us to let go in order to survive. 

Based on her book by the same title, during this program, Evelyn shares how to help family members believe that they didn't cause the disease, but also, that they can't control it. 

Over the past few decades, experts have increasingly recognized that alcoholism is a primary, progressive, and chronic disease. If left unchecked, it can be fatal. 

Research alone, however, fails to help those closest to the alcoholic, primarily the family, who are generally suffering psychological damage, and often becoming as emotionally distressed as the alcoholic. 

Given the common effects of the disease of alcoholism, and our society, it's all but impossible for those around a drinking alcoholic not to be drawn into the sickness. Such persons, especially the family members, are apt to become anxious and fearful and develop feelings of low self-worth, anger, and resentment. In short, they're likely to develop their own emotional illness in connection with another's alcoholism, and they, too, need help in dealing with the problem. 

This program provides the outside help typically required for family members to move from detachment back into a safe, boundaried attachment. 

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