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How can I convince a family member to try an alcoholics anonymous meeting?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
8 doctors agree
In brief: Care for self 1st
Taking care of you first, is important.
You can attend alanon meetings, which are for family and friends of alcoholics. This group can familiarize you with typical family patterns in alcoholism, and the 12 step process also. Thus supported, you'll be better able to deal with your family member. S/he may notice the changes in you, and be curious enough to seek aa help. I've seen this happen.

In brief: Care for self 1st
Taking care of you first, is important.
You can attend alanon meetings, which are for family and friends of alcoholics. This group can familiarize you with typical family patterns in alcoholism, and the 12 step process also. Thus supported, you'll be better able to deal with your family member. S/he may notice the changes in you, and be curious enough to seek aa help. I've seen this happen.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: See below
Any approach can be met with denial and anger.
Let them know how you see their drinking problem is affecting them, you, and others around them. What you see now and how its dfferent than before alcohol became a problem. Let them know your genuine concern, and that there maybe consequences of their continued behavior. Suggest there is help and give options aa, therapy, their doctor, clergy, etc.

In brief: See below
Any approach can be met with denial and anger.
Let them know how you see their drinking problem is affecting them, you, and others around them. What you see now and how its dfferent than before alcohol became a problem. Let them know your genuine concern, and that there maybe consequences of their continued behavior. Suggest there is help and give options aa, therapy, their doctor, clergy, etc.
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Dr. Jeff Blixt
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Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree
In brief: U cant convince...
Anyone to go, they must convince themselves.
If what u are asking is how to motivate him, the resistance common among alcoholics is formidable. Best bet is to change yourself - attend al-anon or codependents anonymous. U will learn what u can do to stop enabling the person continuing on as he / she has been, while feeling better about yourself. Best wishes one day @ a time.

In brief: U cant convince...
Anyone to go, they must convince themselves.
If what u are asking is how to motivate him, the resistance common among alcoholics is formidable. Best bet is to change yourself - attend al-anon or codependents anonymous. U will learn what u can do to stop enabling the person continuing on as he / she has been, while feeling better about yourself. Best wishes one day @ a time.
Dr. Adam Front
Dr. Adam Front
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Offer to go to a
Meeting with your family member (make sure it is open meeting first).
You will learn ways to approach and deal with family member through al anon. Let your family member know you care. Be specific with concerns without being punitive. Be prepared for your family member to say no to you. But you may be planting a seed that may one day take root. Take care.

In brief: Offer to go to a
Meeting with your family member (make sure it is open meeting first).
You will learn ways to approach and deal with family member through al anon. Let your family member know you care. Be specific with concerns without being punitive. Be prepared for your family member to say no to you. But you may be planting a seed that may one day take root. Take care.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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