NO more pedestals or cartwheels
Our women folk have suggested certain attitudes a wife may take with the husband who is recovering. Perhaps they created the impression that
he is to be wrapped in cotton wool and placed on a pedestal. Successful readjustment means the opposite.
p.122 Big Book
It is interesting as I begin to read the the Big Book, how things are written from the “husband is an alcoholic” point of view. I never thought I would have the words “woman folk” written at this blog.
However is it when I get past the “husband-isms” that I begin to interpret, apply, and thus learn. For me embracing the theories are what matters, as they help me with my recovery.
When my son first returned from various rehabs and early attempts at sobriety I would do cartwheels to keep him happy. As a newcomer it was plain as day ” With his happiness came sobriety.” Within his sobriety the family found peace. There was no way in hell I was going to trigger his relapse. Being a selfish bastard I continued my cartwheels.
I have heard many other parents mirror the same thoughts and fears. Their phobia is they will cause a potential relapse. In our sickness we shower them with haircuts, sneakers, iPods and use every chip we can to bargain with the addiction. If we are good parents and negotiate properly, we will not be revisited by active addiction.
Then I woke up after God knows how many relapses. I learned the hard way that bargaining simply does not work. It is nice to find justification in the BIG BOOK. Perhaps if I had read the book when he was in active addiction I would have saved both of us some pain.
My son threw an AA phrase at me a few years into his early attempts to address his “allergy to booze and drugs.” He looked up and reminded me to live “LIFE ON LIFE’S TERMS”. There is no bargaining or negotiations by those of us who sit on the sidelines of their war. It is our children who must negotiate with the person staring back from the mirror and the disease the hopes to take the both down.
Do not wrap them in cloth or put them on the pedestal. Life ..on life’s terms. No more cartwheels.
peace and strength.
(For those following my son’s path..he is doing well and is taking care of his disease. Today is a good day.)
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