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A 36-year-old member asked:

Can you give me suggestions to get my alcoholic father help?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
A Verified Doctoranswered
Addiction Medicine 51 years experience
Stop enabling: If the family is enabling it. Suggest you and other interested family members consider attending alanon, as well as seeking professional family-centered counseling. Nobody can help your father but your father, but if family is enabling the drinking and reacting to it, learning how to stop those behaviors can make it more likely that your father chooses help. Formal intervention can be of help.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

What can I do about my raging alcoholic father? How can I help him?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
A Verified Doctoranswered
Addiction Medicine 51 years experience
By helping yourself: Ultimately, only the individual can decide if they have a problem and want to change. Their loved ones usually have a very hard time accepting this, and many never accept it. Alanon, a family program separate from AA, has meetings that can help -you can find it in the white pages under hotlines and helping lines. Being loving and supportive, staying away from blame and guilt, are your best tools.
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