How long can a diabetic live with alcoholism and drug addiction?
My husband is a diabetic,with alcohol cirrhosis, Hepatitis D and a crystal meth abuser. His diabetes is out of control, his a1C is up and down. He had a GI bleed 5 years ago and was told he had to quit drinking, yet still continues too and abuse drugs daily. We have been separated now for almost 3 years and he still refuses to get help. He is 60 years old. How long can someone with his health problems continue without serious side effects?
As a nurse, it is not in my realm of expertise to predict health outcomes. His doctor would be best equipped to respond. That said, with the number of significant issues facing your husband, I would think that the timeline is short before he experiences a serious health consequence. For some people, that's what triggers an interest in self-care. He has to be ready to make a change.
He currently continues to use drugs and alcohol, and refuses help. That is a huge strain on those in his family circle. The best you can do is take care of yourself. Have you considered seeking professional counseling from a local recovery program for families of addicts? Alternatively, an Al-Anon meeting may be useful (specializes in the effects alcoholism has on the family) as well as a Narcotics Anonymous meeting. It is difficult, but time well spent. You can take action "” if you haven't already "” rather than wait the other shoe to drop.
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