Larry Wall DCSW has practiced psychotherapy for the past 35 years. He obtained both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Larry spent six years working in both outpatient and inpatient alcohol and substance abuse treatment, in Crystal Lake, IL and in Pontiac, MI. For over a decade Larry worked in Southfield, MI as Providence Hospital's chief of psychiatric social work and coordinator of that hospital's psychiatric crisis team to the ER. After a brief stint working for Marquette General Hospital heading their Houghton satellite office, Larry began working as a counselor and therapist at Michigan Technological University where he remains to this day. Larry also teaches multiple psychology courses for Gogebic Community College, which he has done for the past 15 years.
Hope for the Wife of the Alcoholic: A Guide for Therapists and the Wives They Work Withby Larry Wall
There are two central freedoms the wife of the alcoholic needs to become aware she possesses before she can effectively work to change her husband's alcohol abuse. Before she can exercise these two central freedoms, however, the wife of the alcoholic needs to learn how her husband has systematically manipulated her into a chronic state of exasperated helplessness and despair.
Alcoholics Anonymous emphasizes that in order for an alcoholic to truly attain stable sobriety, he needs to resolve "the stinkin' thinkin' that triggers the drinkin'." But what is stinking thinking? Where does it come from? Why do alcoholics have stinkin' thinkin' and non-alcoholics apparently don't?
Male psychological development is more complicated than most people imagine. Many men grow up secretly afraid that they will never measure up and become a "real man." Such men frequently resort to alcohol as a form of "liquid courage" and inwardly panic when their wives first ask the question "Honey, do you think you might be starting to drink too much?"
Times of economic uncertainty and stress bring out the worst in some men. Male substance and alcohol abuse--as well as domestic violence--increases dramatically as men struggle with threats of layoffs and the pressures of working harder to make up for those workers already let go. Wives are often on the receiving end of husbands drinking themselves numb as a way of dealing with job and financial stressors.
Hope for the Wife of an Alcoholic, while initially written for psychotherapists and substance abuse counselors, has over the years also proven useful as a self-help book for wives and family members of alcohol or substance abusing men.
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