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Ask Amy: Relationship rescue and redo is really risky

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: I have been in a relationship for the past eight months with a guy.

Two months in, he lost his job and moved in with me and my daughter.

I took care of him and helped him to get a much better job. I wake up before him, pack his lunches, do his laundry, and cook and clean up after him.

He had a very bad drinking problem that would cause him to black out and act very badly.

I also found out that he was connecting with other women the entire time.

Eventually, he cut out all hard alcohol. We would do well for a little while, but then he’d start drinking again and would verbally abuse me and leave me crying.


Afterward, I would explain how this was not OK!

We broke up about a week ago because he put his hands on me.

I asked him to leave, and he did.

I started to feel so much better, but of course I missed him like crazy.


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