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Any success stories out there supporting a loved one?

Posted by Wife/Carer on 26 October 2016.

Hi All.

I know we all often come here in times of desperation and needs and when things are not going well….

What I’m wanting to know is, are there any success stories from family out there?
Has anyone supported a loved one through years and years of successful recovery?

My husband is 3 weeks post detox, this is his 4th detox in 8 years but also his 2nd detox in 4 month and he has relapsed again…

The weeks building up to the meeting st recent detox he started attended NA meetings 3x per week and reading the NA bible and worked on building a relationship hoping for a sponsor ready for post detox. 2 weeks out of detox he had a great routine.

He then found out he’s being made redundant, closing his office completely and he relapsed, he was honest and the next day got back on track. But today he has again relapsed but he has kept it from me this time but of course I can tell. We will tackle that in the morning, tonight I will keep out of his way.

This has been going on for 6 years of our relationship and 10 years of his life, is this it now? We are now in so much debt from loans for detox and the amount he was spending on drugs.

We are still young and have a life time ahead of us and I am seriously thinking about all options…..

For me to be happy do I have to leave or can he win this battle?

He says he wants a life time of recovery, he’s the one who’s arranged and paid for the detox and actively seeks help but when he is low there is nothing can be done, he slips up and has to start over….

But every good day gives me that element of hope.


Icarus Trust
31 Oct 2016


Thank you for sharing your story. I really admire your strength and hope.
Maybe you would like to talk with people who would understand what you are going through. If so  please contact The Icarus Trust. We are a charity that is there to support  people who are affected by a loved one's addiction. We have trained experienced volunteers who you could talk with if you feel that would help. Maybe talking would help you to make sense of how you are feeling and find a way ahead.
You can contact us on or visit the website
I hope that this helps. Good luck!

15 Jun 2017

I opened your post hoping to read some success stories... with alcohol - and was so saddened to not see any responses.

I am supporting my husband of 55yrs going towards his first community detox for alcohol... next week -
 and have a successful friend of a friend coming to visit us in 2 days time. 

I support your post - we need to hear good outcomes. 

I went to an Al-anon meeting for families and no-none there had a success story is was soo tragic - I felt worse. Granted there may be other groups and other people there... 

I'm joining my local family/carer's group too - to try to get support - not just how to cope as an ongoing issue. But my sister has said maybe the success story people don't attend anymore - and maybe that's the case here too? To an extent? 

I send hugs.

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