Over the course of the past few years dealing with the alcoholic in my life, I have picked up a few things along the way that has helped me better cope with my situation. I have learned to help myself stay focused on the things that I can control instead of draining my energy and resources on the things that I can not control.
I learned that the one thing that I can not control are the actions and decisions of someone else. In this case, I can not control the drinking habits of my father and I cannot persuade him to stop drinking either. What I can control is how I handle the situations involving my father when he is drinking.
For example, I can choose to remove myself from any negative conversations such as the drunken text messages that I have received. I have made it clear to myself that I will not put up with his drinking on any level and have made a commitment that I will not let his destructive ways interfere with my life.
From my experiences, I have vowed to help others, like me, deal with the alcoholic in their lives. If you would like to learn more about the methods I have adopted to help myself deal with my father, you can check out my book, “How to Cope With the Alcoholic in Your Life“.
Over my struggles with my father, I have found out that it is better to help myself to deal with the struggles that I have gone through in lieu of my father’s drinking habits. I had spent a lot of time and energy trying to get my father to see that he had a problem, however, he continued on like what I said does not matter. This angered me for a little while because my father always resisted my attempts and I only wanted him to stop drinking so he would be able to live a long and healthy life.
But, after I realized that I do not have power over the situation, I decided to move on and help myself deal with the feelings of anger and distress over my father’s actions. If I am not able to help him, I will at least help myself deal with the ugly truth that my father will never be the same until the day he decided to opt for a healthier lifestyle.
So, my advice for people who have to go through a similar situation, is to try and not let the alcoholic in your life’s problem affect your own life as much. Each day, try to make your life better and do not let yourself get down if you can not get through to the alcoholic in your life.
One of the most important things I learned with my journey dealing with my alcoholic father is that I can not help him, my mom can not help him, my whole entire family put together will not be able to help him. He has to be the one who wants to commit to helping himself, or he will never fully get out of this state of mind.
I have realized that the more people who tell him he needs to get help, the more he will resist. Basically, if he is convinced that he needs to get better and go to rehab, he may try to go to rehab, but will end up right where he is right now. If this happens, he will never fully get over his addiction. However, if he makes a commitment to himself, this commitment will be more sincere and he will have his own desires to change his life for the better.
It is a hard thing to deal with an alcoholic. I feel that if he will continue to do what he pleases no matter how much my family and I beg and plead for him to stop. With that said, I have realized that I might as well try to help myself overcome the obstacles that result from dealing with an alcoholic and let him find his own path to recovery.