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Does tough love work with an alcoholic?

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Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry
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In brief: Not always

Nothing works in every situation.
Many experts indicate that an alcoholic must "hit bottom" or have nothing else to lose before they are willing to seek help. There may come a time when family and friends have done all they can and have to sever ties with the alcoholic to prevent themselves from being harmed.

In brief: Not always

Nothing works in every situation.
Many experts indicate that an alcoholic must "hit bottom" or have nothing else to lose before they are willing to seek help. There may come a time when family and friends have done all they can and have to sever ties with the alcoholic to prevent themselves from being harmed.
Dr. David Hunter
Dr. David Hunter
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Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry

In brief: See below

In this case, how about we say "tough love" refers to setting firm limits while being understanding of the other's difficulties.
Then, yes, if a friend or family member is addicted and unable to help themselves, tough love can be very helpful. However, a key step is the desire to change within the addicted individual.

In brief: See below

In this case, how about we say "tough love" refers to setting firm limits while being understanding of the other's difficulties.
Then, yes, if a friend or family member is addicted and unable to help themselves, tough love can be very helpful. However, a key step is the desire to change within the addicted individual.
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
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