It was love at first sight. When the two of you locked eyes, you knew. The courtship was sweet and romantic and when the two of you said, “I do” you both genuinely believed it was for a lifetime. You settled into married life and had a couple of kids, but things changed—almost imperceptibly at first. Suddenly your spouse started withdrawing.
The close conversations you used to have became less and less frequent. Where alcohol was never a part of your lives before, suddenly there is beer and wine and whiskey and you worry about raising kids that way. Where sweet talk and tenderness once prevailed, it has now been replaced with anger, hostility and nasty remarks. You worry it could end up with you or the kids being hit—or worse.