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Mom is an alcoholic, and her addiction has greatly affected our relationship. How can I help fix this problem?
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Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Support
You can't make her do anything.
She has to want to overcome her problem. All you can do is love her and support her. This does not mean you should facilitate her disease. Be encouraging to her to get the right help. Don't feel bad about not wanting to be around her when she is under the influence. Don't allow yourself or those you are responsible for to be put at risk due to her drinking.

In brief: Support
You can't make her do anything.
She has to want to overcome her problem. All you can do is love her and support her. This does not mean you should facilitate her disease. Be encouraging to her to get the right help. Don't feel bad about not wanting to be around her when she is under the influence. Don't allow yourself or those you are responsible for to be put at risk due to her drinking.
Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
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2 comments
Dr. Albert Pizzo
I Agree with Dr. Strickland. Another suggestion is to read the book "TOXIC PARENTS" by Susan Forward for more help with understanding your Mom and yourself.
Dr. Judy Orton
Also consider joining AL-ANON for further understanding and emotional support for yourself.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Take care of yoursel
The only thing we can change is ourself we have no power over anyone else - if you know how to take care of yourself no matter where life takes you - you are going to be ok.

In brief: Take care of yoursel
The only thing we can change is ourself we have no power over anyone else - if you know how to take care of yourself no matter where life takes you - you are going to be ok.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown
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