Linda Bartee Doyne is the author of the Immortal Alcoholic blog and is the founder and administrator of the OARS Family and Friends Support Group on FaceBook. She has written several books. Immortal Alcoholic’s Wife, Workbook for Caretakers of End-Stage Alcoholics, and That Reminds Me. She has also collaborated with HBO on a documentary (Risky Drinking) to premiere in January 2016.
In 1991, Linda separated from her alcoholic husband. After more than 18 years of separation, she took her estranged husband back into her home. He was near death and she simply wanted to give him a soft place to die. His death seemed imminent. However, he did not die and she has now evolved into his caretaker. She didn’t plan it that way. It happened gradually much like the star ingredient in Frog Soup.
She fights to maintain her sanity by providing non-judgmental and non-criticizing support for family and friends of end-stage alcoholics.