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When does a heavy drinker realize "enough is enough"? Lives are being ruined. What can we do to help them?

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David Miller
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Intervention

Ultimately, they have to recognize that they have a problem and decide that they want to get better. An intervention is when friends and family gather and help the drinker to see the damage they are causing and help them to decide to get help.
Seek out your local aa or celebrate recovery group for specific help and advice for this.

In brief: Intervention

Ultimately, they have to recognize that they have a problem and decide that they want to get better. An intervention is when friends and family gather and help the drinker to see the damage they are causing and help them to decide to get help.
Seek out your local aa or celebrate recovery group for specific help and advice for this.
David Miller
David Miller
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Dr. Robert True
Preventive Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Tough love

Codependency is one of the biggest problems with heavy drinkers, especially alcoholics.
Those around him/her should recognize these traits and make a concerted effert to not support the habit. Being a codependent will only hurt the alcoholic and keep him/her drinking. Sometimes it is best to practice "tough love" and be strong.

In brief: Tough love

Codependency is one of the biggest problems with heavy drinkers, especially alcoholics.
Those around him/her should recognize these traits and make a concerted effert to not support the habit. Being a codependent will only hurt the alcoholic and keep him/her drinking. Sometimes it is best to practice "tough love" and be strong.
Dr. Robert True
Dr. Robert True
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Dr. Steven Bowers
Internal Medicine

In brief: Tragic

Yes it is tragic how alcoholics impact the lives of so many.
Until the alcoholic recognizes that there is a problem, little can be done. The most important thing is to not enable them. Let them experience the consequences of their addiction without any help from outside. Perhaps that will bring about the realization that something needs to change.

In brief: Tragic

Yes it is tragic how alcoholics impact the lives of so many.
Until the alcoholic recognizes that there is a problem, little can be done. The most important thing is to not enable them. Let them experience the consequences of their addiction without any help from outside. Perhaps that will bring about the realization that something needs to change.
Dr. Steven Bowers
Dr. Steven Bowers
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David Miller
The nature of addiction is that it makes you feel like everything is OK. Even when everything is falling apart around you, you become so disconnected from reality that it takes something extremely dramatic to get you to see that you have a problem. Stay on them and don't ever give up. Some day you may break through to them and help change their life for the good. And don't forget to pray for them.
David Miller
You are indeed welcome. I pray that you're able to help them turn it around.
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