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Doctor insights on: How To Talk To My Alcoholic Husband

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My brother is an alcoholic. How do I talk to him about it?

My brother is an alcoholic. How do I talk to him about it?

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

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Can you tell me, how are people advised to talk when confronting an alcoholic?

Can you tell me, how are people advised to talk when confronting an alcoholic?

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

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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?

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

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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.

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 more

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How can I talk with my husband about him losing weight?

How can I talk with my husband about him losing weight?

Honest and open : Honest and open communication is the best way at the same time being encouraging. ...Read more

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How can I talk to my husband about his end of life decisions?

How can I talk to my husband about his end of life decisions?

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 more

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When should I talk to my husband about end of life decisions?

When should I talk to my husband about end of life decisions?

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 more

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Why does my husband talk in his sleep and fight an invisible enemy?

Why does my husband talk in his sleep and fight an invisible enemy?

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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Hi me an my husband are trying for a baby should I start talking videmens to help ?

Hi me an my husband are trying for a baby should I start talking videmens to help ?

Vitamin: Vitamins and extra folic acid are helpful. But otit ois also very helpful to check with your Doctor to make sure your general health is OK for a pregnancy ...Read more