I have a close friend who happens to be an alcoholic. She has been sober in the past, but relapsed a few years back. When I reconnected with her, she was drinking again. My guides pulled me toward her one day, as it turned out she was suicidal. My visit changed her mind, though I didn't know she was thinking of suicide. Her family is toxic for her, but she uses them as an excuse to drink. In fact, she will use any excuse she can find to drink. Her mother is now very ill, and will not recover. Her and her siblings are constantly fighting too. I mention this only because I feel a great deal of her problems. At first I wasn't sure where my feelings were coming from, but slowly realized, most are from her. Her body can barely cope with what she normally drinks, she already has stomach, heart and liver problems. The other day she chose to up the ante, she drank vodka, instead of just beer. Her body didn't react well, needless to say. I believe she became scared, and she started praying, and thinking of me. At the same time, I began to feel suicidal. I didn't want to die, but I felt so bad, I couldn't see a need to go on. The feeling was overwhelming. A mutual friend intervened, and calmed me down. The feeling was still there though. I found out, this alcoholic friend had "pulled" me into her hell. I'm still tied to her, so to speak.
I've tried shielding techniques, but they never seem to work for long. I've "grounded" too, same thing. I regularly practice qigong, and meditation. I take salt-showers, drink warm lemon water, and keep crystals in my pocket.
How can I disconnect from bad vibes? Can I disconnect from this? Should I? I understand that every experience teaches us something. That nothing happens by chance, but I'm being pulled under. I'm at the point where I am willing to tell her, I need to walk away. She knows I'm an empath, and knows I feel her "stuff." I want to help her, but there is only so much I can do. She keeps saying she is going to quit, but something always happens, and she keeps drinking. Even if I walk away, won't I still feel her? How do I do this?
updated by @chris: 05/11/17 09:21:40AM