DominoSarah isn't biased against those with addictions - she is one. She is a recovering addict and knows what she's talking about.
I've been in 2 significant relationships with addicts. Unless they get serious, long-term help, nothing will change. You've been in a 10 year relationship with this man, and it seems most of it has been turmoil. You were happier without him. That's very important.
There isn't any need to be harsh, but definitely create the boundaries, and hold firm. If you never got counseling, now would be a great time.
I wish you the best.
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Stick to your guns on this. You are much happier now and it is time for him to find himself. That isnt on you. Seems he has no where to go and it is pretty common for them to try to weasel their way back in. People with addictions always look for the easy way out. Do him a favor by not enabling him in any way.
Life with an addict is very hard. They put their drug of choice over and above all else. They can't help it, they suffer the disease of addiction but I say save yourself. You HAVE to try to create a healthy life for yourself. If someone with an addiction problem will not do all the hard work to overcome it, it is impossible to have a healthy life with them.
I have a loved one who is an alcoholic. They lived the rest of their life sober after spending a year before that time overcoming their addiction. But had they not gotten sober, I would not have been able to keep them in my life. It was too emotionally destructive to my own life.
Being codependent is not a happy life. I am pleased that you are choosing not to live this way. His parents threw him out of the house because his addiction still rages. He has no where to go. Not surprising he wants to come back to you. I agree to stick to your guns. If he gets clean and stays that way for at least a full year after, then you can think about if you want to be with him in any capacity again. But striving for a more healthy living condition for yourself makes very good sense here. hugs to you. This is not easy. ALSO, seeing a therapist to discuss WHY you were with an addict is really beneficial too. We can repeat patterns. You don't want to repeat this one.
To be very honest with you, tell him the truth. Im going to something very very similar except I’m your husband in my situation.
16yrs and 4 kids together and he threw me away like Tuesday’s trash.all for another woman he started seeing behind my back 2 years ago. Years)!! He led me on and kept lying calling me psycho when I knew there was someone else. I wish he would have just been honest so I’d be theiugh this pain by now. But he didn’t b end it make things so much worse. You sound like a nice person and I think he will do the right thing in the end. Good luck with your situation I hope things work out for you
I think you should help him to find his ways and give him advices, so that in future when he will totally recover from his problem he will remember you always as true person. On the other hand start your new life with your kid to not ruined his future and also yours.
Another response disappears. Annoying. Anyway, I would counsel you to act in the way that makes you feel the best about it and hurts him the least. You loved him for ten years and you let him be him for 10 years. You can't expect him to suddenly disappear when it's only you who wants the relationship to end. To him, the love hasn't died, unless he's been lying, which you don't say and probably can't know. That's a long time to be with someone and it doesn't die easily for the person who didn't choose for it to end. One-sided breakups are always very very hard on the person who didn't want the breakup. It's a lot easier for the one who did want it to end. If you aren't a cruel person, don't try to be one, it will only make you unhappy. While you do need to do what's best for you, you don't have to do it in a way that crushes him, and he's someone you did love a long time. If abruptness is the only way to do this and you have to do this for your own well-being, that's that way it has to be, but if it doesn't have to be that way and you aren't that kind of person, don't do it that way. It doesn't matter how you do it, you've decided. He hasn't. I get that he has some problems that aren't there in the average breakup, but you can't expect him to just disappear. It's been a long time and he's still attached to you. Time will take care of that. Don't let him back in if that hurts you, but don't be harsh either if that also hurts you and him. This can't be easy, it just can't be. Peace.
Not sure I'd want to go this route, but to each their own. You had a 10 year relationship in which you say you were in love. Now you're not because he burned you out, and that part I get. But the above seems to have a bias against men or those with addictions, which you probably don't have. I can't imagine it being easy to put behind him that long of a relationship. It's always very hard when a couple splits up because only one of them wants to do that. So for you, you've moved on and are convinced you are better for it, but he hasn't had that chance because he never lost his feelings for you. Apparently, anyway, because in this case there are complications in that whatever his "addictions" are he ended up in prison, and so that makes this quite different from a relationship where this level of behavior doesn't exist. I agree you need to do what's best for you, but you also need to do it in the way that makes you feel good about it. If you're not a harsh person, don't be harsh. If you are, then that's who you are. We don't have the scoop of how the relationship went and how it went wrong for you, but again, there are abrupt breakups which are very very painful and hard to understand for the person who didn't want the breakup, as you were willing to let him be him for 10 years. My main point being, do what makes you feel the best and if you don't really want to hurt him any more than you have to, act that way, and if the only way to end this is to be abrupt because of his personality, then you have to do it that way. You know best. Peace.