My Mother in law is an alcoholic. She dried out last August and has been doing so well since then, really getting back to the woman we know then has crashed. For the last couple of weeks she has been drinking - we have found alcohol hidden and I have smelt it on her. I knew there was a high chance that she would relapse but I feel so let down and angry. I have been taking my 3 kids (her grandkids all under 4) to see her once or twice a week but she can't even stay sober for our visits. I am trying to remember that she is my husband's mum and I know it is hell for him but I can't face going to see her knowing that she is drinking again. I feel so naive to have thought that her grandkids and the thought of looking after them would keep her sober. I know that there is little that I can do to help, and in my head I have resigned myself to the fact that we just have to plan a future without her but I suppose I am just wondering if anyone has any advice on what can be done. I'm hoping I will just feel better after 'getting it off my chest'. Don't want to go on about it to my husband too much as I know how awful it is for him and how helpless I feel so thought I would just vent on here. Don't expect anyone to reply with a magic solution but just wanted to write it down.