Advice about dating an alcoholic
“But if he’s so uncomfortable that he gets angry or shuts down or otherwise just can’t continue the conversation, that’s a big sign that he’s not ready for this.” If so, assure your child that there’s no hurry to start dating.
It just means that you can begin to live a wonderful life even though their behavior is constantly awful. You may not love the idea of your child beginning to date, but don't try to pretend it’s not happening."Parents can be so uncomfortable with the idea of their kid becoming more grown up -- we wish our kids could stay kids," Atkins says.By high school, kids are more likely to develop serious romantic attachments.Notice what "dating" seems to mean to your child and then talk about it.What it does mean is that we must learn how to live life differently than we have been.
To have unconditional love for an addict means that we accept them as they are but we do not allow them to treat us or our family with disrespect.
The only way to accept them just as they are is by realizing that they are suffering from a horrible disease called alcoholism.
You wouldn’t hate a friend who had cancer would you, or some other type of terminal illness?
Pay attention to how they respond when you start a conversation about dating.
“Of course it will probably be uncomfortable for both of you,” Anthony says.
You don’t have to be affected by everything that they do and it is possible to focus on other things than their drinking problem.