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How To Convince An Alcoholic To Get Help
Several stages.: the first is to be able to have detachment/distance enough from behavior to say ones behavior is not working out. If there are NO bad consequences of the drinking (including weight gain, and some blood pressure elevation, arguments, conflicts) then there wouldnt be a problem. Mostly there are problems. MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING would be a way to NON CONFRONTATIONALLY draw attention to issues. ...Read more
Alcoholism is a: progressive condition that starts out as novel drinking, then habitual drinking, then compulsive drinking. It can be chronic or binge in nature and can take weeks or years to develop this pattern. Some say its a bad habit (Rational Recovery) while others say its a disease (Alcoholics Anonymous). Go to a psychologist or perhaps an AA meeting for more information. ...Read more
Stop drinking: First and foremost, and this can be dangerous in smoke drinkers - if you get morning shakes or severe anxiety, you may need medical help. Use of support groups, including aa, smart recovery, women for sobriety, lifering secular recovery and others. Many people need formal treatment programs which are available in most places. Talk to your doctor about a referral. Your family may need its own help. ...Read more
I've read you shouldn't get angry or confront an alcoholic family member, but can it help to calmly state that I'm worried about them?
Relationship Turmoil: You are a very Caring family member! Have Heart to Heart Talk with your alcoholic family member, tell what you have appreciated about him/her in your life, and that you would like to have happy Family Relationships; After that express your concerns and worries about the behavior under the influence of Alcohol; and suggest to see a Psychiatrist for assessment and attend AA meetings. ...Read more
I am an alcoholic. I'm going to dr today to finally get help as i realize i can't do it alone. What kind of help besides a stern lecture can I expect?
No stern lecture: Congratulations on your decision to seek help and save your life! you will find a community of people to support you in aa. Your doctor should be able to support you, too, and be thrilled for you. You should also get counseling support from an addiction medicine specialist. Stay on the healing path! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What do you suggest if my sister is an alcoholic and it has become a matter of life or death. can our family get a court order to have her committed in a facility?
Depends on state: All states generally have rules regarding involuntary commitment, but the requirements vary considerably state to state and even court to court. Generally, the person has to be clearly a danger to themselves or others, and some courts require that they be shown to be incapable of making appropriate decisions as well. I would strongly recommend getting a lawyer with familiarity with your laws. ...Read more
Family disease: Consider attending a meeting of al-anon , for the families and friends of alcoholics. ...Read more
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