To be with my husband, I moved from London to the Midlands. We were together for four years but I left him six months ago because he was abusive.

I am 29 and love my job but I think it’s the only thing stopping me from going back to my home area.

I like my colleagues but they have families. Part of me wants to stay but I’m lonely.

I’d feel even more of a ­failure if I went home. I’ve got a failed marriage and, if I go back, I’ll have no job either.


My e-leaflet Drink Problem? has self-help tactics to help you give up or cut down and explains how to get support. For a copy, email me or message me on Facebook.

DEIDRE SAYS: I’m sorry you feel so alone but you’re not a failure. Before deciding to uproot, give yourself the chance to make new friends.

A shared interest can help and voluntary work can be a great way to meet people. Check out
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