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I am in love with a person who is so possessive I feel as though I am being tortured.

Our relationship was physically abusive three years ago, but that has stopped. The mental and verbal torture is almost worse.

I can’t stop loving him. When he was sober, he was my best friend. I never dreamed so many dreams, accomplished so many things, laughed so much in those short years. Now he is a monster. His possessiveness knows no bounds. He threatens to kill himself when I say I’m leaving the relationship. I am afraid for the little dog he owns, whom I love.

I must release him to the world. To someone else. To himself. Only, he doesn’t want his life.

It reminds me of the old Ana NG lyrics,  “I don’t want the world, I just want your half.”

If I stay late at work, he is mad. If I stay home at night with my cat, I apparently don’t love him anymore …the list goes on.

I cannot do this anymore.

I am finally getting back into enjoying my life. I see a future possibly for myself. I don’t feel broken every single day, like I have all my life.

I was raised in an abusive, violent, alcoholic-ridden family. I am not the greatest person. I am a failure and I don’t know how to have a normal relationship either. I am no good most of the time. I have a mood disorder and trichotillomania and am afraid of being alone forever.

I don’t want to lose my best friend, but it is killing me to be tortured every single day. I can’t be with this person. I want to, but cannot imagine living with him and being trapped in the same home with all the manipulation and possessiveness.

I’m not making much sense.

I just need to know how to release him to a better place then where we are now.

Thanks for listening.