I was married to an alcoholic for a few months, lived with him for over a year and I believe he has this disease. We still talk although he moved back to his home state when I refused to talk to him for a few weeks. I believe since I've known him he has pretended to be sober but can sadly never go more than a few weeks without his vodka. He is a young man, 40, but drank heavily every day for 20 years. He also has epilepsy from a childhood TBI. What is going to happen to this man, I wonder. I think he shoudl be in a nursing home but his family was very hateful towards me when I tried to get them to help. I do not believe long term he can care for himself, he has no health insurance now, and lives alone, spends his days on the computer and compulsively shopping for bargains (buys things he doesn't need). One of his family members sends him money on a monthly basis, enough to pay rent, so he manages, but every few weeks he is back in the hospital, he has long periods of vomitting, not sleeping, not eating not caused from flu. His liver of course is damaged and probably his gall bladder as well. He will not drink and get sick and I guess his thought process is, heck, I am not drinking and I am still sick, it doesn't matter what I do, and then he goes back out again.
This is so sad. This is a lovely man. I truly care for him and have tried to extricate myself from this terrible situation, but I am afraid I just feel so sorry for him I take his calls when he tries to contact me. Is there help for someone like this? I cannot believe out of the 10 or so times he has been hospitalized over the past two years that a physician has not told him he has Korsakoff Syndrome and tried to treat him with thiamine. They always load him up on potassium and then in a week or so he is back to where he was.
Any thoughts would be appreciated. I will check out the websites mentioned in the thread above. Thanks and prayers are appreciated as well!