By fgbh456 - 28/12/2011 00:48 - United States
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I have an in-law like that. And one on one didn't work cause we underestimated the power of denial. We needed a group approach which I'm sure would have worked....but no one else wanted to confront this bully about it, just me and my wife, which was fine, except that it ultimately failed. Twice I had to back him down, scoop up my wife's family and bring them to my house so the drunk could rage all he wanted alone. Twice the mother in law defended him later, saying that it's not that bad, we over reacted, etc, whatever. Eventually, we gave them a choice: he gets professional help for his alcoholism at an in patient facility, or don't expect us to expose our young children to this level of abusive shit ever again. It's been 3 and a half years without seeing them. Nothings changed, and we're still waiting..... So, sorry being so long winded here. Fyl OP. I hope for the best.
She's in denial, but maybe if enough people that care tell her she has a problem, she'll listen.
Denial is always the hardest part to over come during an addiction :(