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How To Talk To My Alcoholic Husband
The Addict: The addict brain leads to self centeredness, denial, dishonesty, and minimization. It will do no good to talk during a time your brother is intoxicated. Offering a frank and honest appraisal of what you see him doing or living like and how you feel about it is a good beginning. Not reacting to anything that sounds like a lie or a minimization may help. Do not appear judgmental. But, concerned. ...Read more
There is no "pat": Answer to this question. In general, I do not advise friends or family to "confront" people with alcoholism, since they usually have greatly developed denial, and will almost always react with anger and resentment, and it will even increase their level of denial. Being open, honest and caring, avoiding labeling and insults, avoiding loaded terms like alcoholic (better-problems with alcohol) best. ...Read more
Age : 16 my SGPT last week was 134 and now it is increased to 180 now why is this happening i am NT alcoholic and talking medicine daily i m worried ?
Find the cause: You are right to worry. Your liver is very sick. The doctors need to determine the cause of your dangerous liver disease. ...Read more
Family member is full blown alcoholic, gets so drunk can barely walk or talk. How can i verbally set a boundary that I don't want to be around it?
A family Conference: is needed and some help can be obtaining from ALANON (an AA group of families/friends with members who are alcoholics) INTERVENTION is a more desirable goal than BOUNDARIES. ISOLATION is a common enemy of RECOVERY in alcoholism. My Opinion Only Just my thoughts! Good Luck ! Dr Z ...Read more
Does alcohol use weaken the immune system? I am not talking about being an alcoholic but rather a casual drinker or even one drink per day.
See answer: Over time, and with other underlying medical conditions, it may make you feel run down and weaken you, but generally, a glass of wine for example, as evidenced by several European studies, may provide some cardiac benefit, and has not revealed any immune system issues. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Directly: End of life decisions are extremely important in people of all ages and health conditions. The best way to approach these matters is directly - it is important not only for you to find out what his end of life wishes are, but for you to inform him of yours. Printing out advanced directives paperwork to discuss is a good place to start for initiating this conversation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
End of Life: As painful or difficult it is, the discussions should start as soon as you can. Sometimes adding a neutral party (however you want to define that) is important and can ease things. Even working with a trained attorney that is familiar in these issues is most helpful. Better sooner, rather than later when cognition is affected. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Don't ask why: Each of us has idiosyncratic behaviors for which we never find explanations. Don't try to medicalize, analyze, or cure it. Probably there's not any reason to address it unless it also causes him substantial distress or makes sleeping together impossible. If so, a psychiatry consult may be in order. But I suspect common sense is best -- simply love him and accept his love. ...Read more
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