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Can't confide in father - or is it just lying and

Posted by Leo BoStar on January 9, 2004, at 14:52:52

In December I completely burnt out and quit my job. The burnout was real; it's been building for years and finally made it impossible for me to do my job.

I didn't have the nerve to tell my father. I'm a recovering alcoholic, go to AA every day, sober for years. He doesn't believe in the disease model of alcoholism, so he'll call me a liar and say I was fired for being drunk.

Now being treated for depression, including suicide ideation, so my plate is full. What should I do? If I don't tell him I quit, I'm lying by omission; if I tell him I did, he'll accuse me of lying and probably break off all relations with me. I know him. He'll do this.

There are hundreds of stupid mistakes in what I've done, but a burnout is a burnout and I just can't do that job any more. What should I do? Hope to find another job, then let him know? End the deception by letting him know now, but ending our kinship? Act on the suicide ideation? So far none of the medications or therapies have worked - except AA, which keeps me from drinking. What do I do?




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