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A 48-year-old member asked:

Need help! loved one has an alcohol addiction! what can i do?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
Communication: First, contact your family doctor, and express your concerns. Second, contact alcoholics anonymous and discuss options. When this is all is place, approach the individual with your concerns, and a plan. All of this can be turned around and stabilized with appropriate team approach.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Loving an alcoholic: I agree with dr. Machanic's suggestions. I would add that alcoholism is not just in the one drinking. It affects loved ones also, and they suffer as well. Please consider attending al-anon, a 12-step group for families and loved ones of alcoholics. It operates like aa for alcoholics, but helps deal with the patterns & pain common in families. Much to be learned here, and much growing too!

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A 23-year-old member asked:

What do I say in a letter to my fianc that I need help for my alcohol addiction?

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Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Why a letter?: I can imagine your feelings, especially of shame, why a letter seems best, but if this is the caring supportive man you love, talk to him in person, would you use a letter to tell him you had cancer? Tell him you need help in person. Just do it, then get the support you need, aa meetings, counseling, or advice from your doctor.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
This would have been my answer but Dr. Blixt said it better than I could have. Start going to AA's / counseling / pastoral guidance / your doctor first, then tell him what you have already accomplished. Just as you love him, he loves you too and you will care for one another during your weak moments throughout what will hopefully be a strong and happy marriage.
Oct 2, 2013
A 33-year-old member asked:

What should I do if i suspect a loved on an alcohol addiction?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Med eval/ AA/ ALANON: You can attend alanon where you can learn about alcoholism and you can find out areas that you can influence and areas that you can't. You can also encourage your loved one to attend an aa (alcoholic anonymous meeting) and/ or see his physician to have this evaluated.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Great answer, Dr. Fowler. Many people who call me about similar concerns are surprised when I suggest attending Al-Anon for themselves. They tend to focus on "fixing the alcoholic" instead, even though this approach usually has limited success.
Feb 5, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Provided original answer
I have found the same dynamic. Thanks for the input. Heidi
Feb 5, 2013
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A 37-year-old female asked:

I need help recovering from alcohol addiction?

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Get help: If you are aware that you need to fight the battle, you are ahead of the game. An addiction to alcohol is a serious problem that anyone who has needs help to recover. You can talk to a therapist who specializes in alcohol treatment, attend AA meetings or both. Good luck the 1st step is to realize that you need help and you can overcome it!
Dr. Amanda Itzkoff
Psychiatry 19 years experience
It's great that you can acknowledge you have a probl with alcohol. See an addiction psychiatrist, an addiction med doc, or your GP/internist/family doc. if you've been drinking regularly, you may need to be instructed on how to detox safely.
Jun 16, 2014
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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I would add that some people don't find AA or other 12-step programs helpful or useful, and there are other non-spiritually based self-help programs that use different kinds of techniques. Some of them are SMART Recovery, LifeRing Secular Recovery, Women for Sobriety and Secular Organization for Sobriety.
Jun 16, 2014
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Provided original answer
Yes that is true, before you decide that AA is not for you go to 4 or 5 meetings in different towns for a few times each. Start with beginners meetings
Jun 17, 2014
A 35-year-old member asked:

What can help me overcome alcohol addiction?

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Dr. Kenneth Adler
Psychiatry 50 years experience
AA: Aa is an effective group. There are several medications that can help reduce cravings. Significant daily alcohol use requires inpation detox in a hospital setting.

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