Life with an Alcoholic: Knowing When to Break Free

by | Mar 15, 2022 | alcoholism, Book Feature, Featured Article, Health Care | 0 comments

Life with an Alcoholic: Knowing When to Break Free

It is never easy for someone to retell their stories of struggling and overcoming challenges, especially if those challenges were focused on alcoholism and dealing with an alcoholic spouse. Writing those stories and putting them all down in pen and paper is akin to reliving those painful memories repeatedly with every single word. But Margaret Moschak proves this otherwise. She bravely took up the challenge and wrote her book, My Alcoholic, My Love: My Love and Loss of an Alcoholic Husband, in the hope of inspiring other people or other women who found themselves in the exact situation she had gone through, telling them that there is always a choice if a person wishes to be free from the pain and suffering brought about by living with someone who suffers from alcoholism. 

Life with an Alcoholic

Living and dealing with someone who suffers from alcoholism is tough. It can be a family member or your spouse, but here is when there’s truth to what they say as tough love, especially if it’s your spouse who’s an alcoholic. Alcoholism is a chronic condition often defined as medical, characterized by a strong inclination or desire to drink alcoholic beverages with the inability to stop or control oneself from drinking. Alcoholism doesn’t only affect the drinker itself. People closely related to the alcoholic drinker are often vulnerable to the psychosocial effects of uncontrollable drinking. Some partners find themselves to be in an enabler position. Enablers are those people who encourage self-destructive or harmful behavior of the alcoholic. Sometimes partners, in their effort to prevent arguments or fights within the family, often would give way, remain silent, or even provide the alcoholic drink to keep the peace within the family. Mental stress in the form of anxiety attacks and depression are also some of the effects brought to people closely related to an alcoholic. The effects of too much alcohol and uncontrollable drinking can blur the thinking process, which is why alcoholics end up doing things that they normally wouldn’t do when they’re sober. These unexpected circumstances gave way to anxiety attacks to people living with alcoholics since they’re at this constant fear of not knowing what to expect or what the drinker would do when they’re in a state of drunken stupor. These are just a few of the many concerns people living and dealing with alcoholics have to go through, and these are the same experiences that Margaret Moschak relates to in her book.

Coping with an Alcoholic Spouse

There are a lot of factors surrounding a person’s alcoholism; that is why customizing or personalizing the approach of dealing with an alcoholic spouse is the best way of dealing with the problem. Al-Anon Family Group is one of the many support groups providing programs and tools to aid friends and families in recovering from the traumatic experience of dealing with an alcoholic friend or family member. Proper self-care is also another way of coping with an alcoholic spouse. Learning more about alcoholism, its cause, symptoms, and effects can be another way of coping and eventually preparing oneself to deal with an alcoholic spouse.

At the end of the day, these tools, programs, resources, and support systems are all out there, often free for everyone who needs it the most. These resources and support groups are what inspired and motivated Margaret Moschak to take a chance and break free from the destructive relationship cycle brought about by an alcoholic spouse. She made her choice, and that choice led her to be an empowered woman that she is today. 

Find out more about how Margaret Moschak went through life as a wife of an alcoholic. Witness her struggle and her success through her book’s pages. Head on to her website and grab a copy of her book, My Alcoholic, My Love: My Love and Loss of an Alcoholic Husband, now.


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