How Addiction Gave Me Warrior Strength

A few years ago, my husband handed me a letter. I had been used to getting love letters from him over the span of our relationship so I didn’t think twice about it.

My stomach dropped. Nervous tension started creeping up from my legs and then flowing throughout my body.

The letter was about his struggle with alcohol, and he had decided to go to outpatient therapy for addiction.

I’m embarrassed to admit this, but I didn’t even suspect it.

Are you wondering how I wouldn’t know? Yeah, I’ve asked myself that question many times.

He didn’t come home drunk and he didn’t drink a bunch in front of me.  A few beers while doing yard work (I just figured this was normal).

During the work day, he’d sit in his truck and drink. His office staff knew and so did his family.

No one thought to tell me…

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Left Out

I was blind-sided. I should have known or at least suspected it.

My face was covered in egg. Embarrassment was an understatement.

I was also mad, frustrated and hurt.

Being left in the dark was the biggest pain.

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17 thoughts on “How Addiction Gave Me Warrior Strength

  1. Thank you for this! It’s so refreshing to hear about a marriage fought for! One that Satan didn’t rip away from you two. God bless you and your husband for going to God together in this difficult part of life! You are so very blessed to have a husband who admitted he had a problem. Visiting from Chasing Community and scheduling to share on my FB page.

    1. Elaine- I’m so glad you stopped! Yes, my husband is pretty terrific. He will need to abstain for life from alcohol. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hi Julie, thank you for sharing this testimony of God’s grace! Addiction is no match for God’s power. Nothing is too hard for Him! Your story is an inspiration for me to be strong in the Lord and never give up on my own marriage. God bless you all!

  3. What an encouragement to read about the strength God infused in you during this unexpected testing Julie. Thank you for your willingness to open your heart and share with us. I know all the wives who read will be encouraged by this story,

  4. Dear Julie, how brave and strong you are! A friend who went Al-Anon while growing up with an alcoholic father told me they were taught that everyone has a tendency toward some kind of addiction. We all have thorns in our flesh, or a cross to bear. I think our Heavenly Father must love us a great deal to make sure we know our strength is only found in Him. Prayers and blessings in your journey.

  5. Thank you for sharing your story, Julie. I think that loved ones are often the last to know because we’re positive that the one we chose is the best/most perfect/gift from God–and it’s hard to see any little signs that maybe they aren’t what we thought.

  6. I loved this post, Julie. Because it is from your heart and words that spill from hard places and give glory to God through the difficult are most surely saturated with grace, but also because your example of loving your husband reminds me of 1 Peter 3 where a wife wins her husband by her conduct, not her words.

    Thank you for sharing this.

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