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Recovering alcoholic opens up about violent past, says others can change too

If someone you love is an alcoholic, one of the greatest challenges you may face is convincing that individual that they have a problem. For Jason Christian of Garland Texas, for example, alcohol abuse and physical intimidation had long been just a part of who he was.

"I didn't shy away from the physical violence," Christian told the Texas TV station WFAA in an interview this week, detailing his history of "blocking doorways [and] pushing women" – relying on his physical dominance in an argument.

But, in February 2012 – fueled by an alcoholic binge – Christian took this abuse to an extreme. According to the source, the 33-year-old got into an argument with his wife in front of their young children and eventually put a gun to her head.

"The alcohol abuse was horribly clouding my judgment at the time," Christian told the news outlet. "When I realized I had to kick it, it was one of those moments I realized I had to do it for me. It had to be done."

Christian was charged with aggravated assault after the incident, and was also required by law to join Alcoholics Anonymous to address his addiction.

Now nine months sober, Christian notes that, although he sought treatment because of a court-order alcohol abuse intervention, he has continued on this path because it is the best thing for him and his family.

If someone in your life has a drinking problem, their addiction may drive them to extreme lengths including alcoholic manipulation, deceit and violence. But, like Jason Christian, they may need a firm hand to undergo the treatment they need to regain control of their lives. Contact the professional interventionists at Intervention Services for guidance and support with this process.

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