An alcoholic’s open letter

I am an alcoholic and need help. Don’t allow me to lie to you and accept it for the truth. For in so doing, you encourage me to lie. The truth may be painful, but get at it. Don’t let me outsmart you. This only teaches me to avoid responsibility and to lose respect for you at the same time. Don’t  let me exploit you or take advantage in so doing , you become an accomplice to my evasion of responsibility. Don’t lecture me or argue with me when I am intoxicated. And don’t pour out mu liquor. You may feel better, but the situation will be worse. Don’t accept my promises. This is my method of postponing pain. And don’t keep switching agreements. If an agreement is made, stick to it. Don’t lose your temper with me. It will destroy you, and any possibility of you with me. Don’t allow your anxiety for me compel you to do what I must do for myself. Don’t cover up or abort the consequences of my drinking. It reduces the crisis. But perpetuates the illness. Above all, don’t run away from reality a I do. Alcoholism, my illness, gets worse as my drinking continues. Start now, to learn, to understand and plan for my recovery. I need help. I cannot help myself. I hate myself, but I care for you. To do nothing is the worst choice you can make for me.

Please help me.

Sincerely ,

Your alcoholic