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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
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
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
ACOA: Adult children of alcoholics (acoa) is a branch of aa and can found locally at www.Adultchildren.Org they serve as a place to talk about your experience with others who have had similar experiences. If you still live at home with your father you may want to get out of the house when he's drinking. Consider therapy for yourself, having an alcoholic parent can be extremely stressful. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read more
Consider encouraging: Her to seek evaluation by an addiction medicine specialist or an addiction psychiatrist. She may need dual treatment for her alcoholism and for her depression. Attending alcoholics anonymous would provider her support and the benefits that come with a 12 step group. ...Read more
Found out that i have started to get a fatty liver from obesity (non alcoholic)'does vitamin C and B12 help? Any other suggestions I'm worried. HELP!
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
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