Afraid- Please Help
My husband’s drinking is increasing faster than the weather changes in Chicago.
He was forced to go out on temporary disability a few weeks ago because of an injury he suffered at work.
He’s a construction worker and took a mean fall off a roof of a structure.
He had to have surgery on his back and was released from the hospital two nights ago.
Things have been challenging for him to adjust to being home with the kids.
I know he is hurting a lot.
Although, he is consuming a case of beer a day now and is refuses to take his pain pills.
Is it too early for him to be developing an addiction to alcohol?
Addictions are very serious. If your husband is drinking a case of beer a day, while refusing to take his pain pills; it is apparent he is self-medicating. You should really decrease supporting the alcohol, as I can infer you are purchasing it from the store, since he was recently released from having back surgery.
Maybe you need to take him to a specialist who can help and guide him better. Since you know he refuses to take pain killers, he prefers drinking over it any day. so your fear of addiction may be pretty legitimate. you could even try consulting a close friend who can talk to him , you know man to man types. any case, you should deal this with a lot of love, comfort, patience and understanding.