Re: How to help my husband.............
Sorry to hear of the severity of your current situation, it sounds like a tough one. I can imagine that being the CEO of company, especially one of that caliber(fortune 500), has got be extremely stressful. I am responding because I am alot like your husband, I own my business...so that stress is I imagine extremely similiar, which is to say that I know it can be unbearable. I am also stubborn about the meetings and unfortunately have somewhat of the same opinion, unfortunatly. He probably has a hard time relateing to the alot of the folks in the meetings because his memory or thoughts of his addiction are not as tragic or depressing......YET that is. But I have realized that I MUST talk this thru, so these boards are my MEETINGS. I have committed myself to respond to whatever posts I can and be involved, I doubt that many who read this have the same opinion as I do about meetings, but everyone's story is different.
Does he have or go thru DT's when he quits, I am not sure but I would bet that at the quantity he is consuming that he would have to feel some sort of withdrawal, and alcohol withdrawal is extremely dangerous. Technically if he is consuming 30 beers a night then he is basically under the influence 24/7..since it takes about 3 hours(not sure exactly, not a doctor) for the body to metabolize the alcohol in a single beer. The big step for him, in my opinion is that he's gonna have to admit that he alone cannot change his situation. Which if he's anything like me, is gonna be extemely difficult. I went from drinking like your husband to taking pain meds, for me it gave me the same numb escape from all the stresses of everyday life but without the hangover. I think that if he would commit to not drinking for at least 3-5 days, it would give his body the time to completely metabolize all of the alcohol in his system. But if he's gonna experience DT's from his abstinence, then i would urge you guys to seek the advice of a professional, DT's are no joke medically. I would seriously urge you guys to talk with a medical professional.
Get him to post his situation on these forums, there are whole bunch of super folks that regularly read these forums and will do whatever they can to help. Without the these boards I really dont think I would be where I am today, I would most definately still be getting high. I wish you the best of luck and will do my best to keep up with your situation and give you guys what ever support I can. Sober feels a million times better than being the slave to something. Good luck.