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Ask Amy: Wife is riding the tilt-a-whirl of husband’s addiction

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: I am married to an addict.

He recently completed treatment for a third time.

When he came home from rehab, there was a distance between us. I noticed it almost immediately.

I asked him if he had been talking to another woman, and he denied it.

Being with an addict, I've been trained to know when something's not right.

I invaded his privacy and went through some of his stuff.


I found call records that he's been talking to a 20-year-old girl (14 years younger than him). I was livid.

I freaked out on him and gave him an ultimatum. I said, “Cut it off with her, or leave.”

That didn't go well, and I ended up begging him to stay with me.

Now I am unsure if he really wants to be with me.


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