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Message posted by steveiem on 27/8/2012 at 11:52am
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Thanks folks some great advice, am on the case today and hopefully will get my dad the help he needs will let you know how I get on, many thanks much appreciated xx

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Another vote for Al-anon, support for those affected by a family members alcoholism. Helps bring some realism into what is achievable and how to cope with the fall-out, plus the difficult feelings of family members having to watch the self-destruction of the alcoholic person.

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    An update ,,

For all those that would like to know ,    My former good friend , and now , girlfriend !,,, Wooo Hoooo !!!!!! who was having the post referred to problem , is , as she always does , dealing with it in a very methodical and well logged way now , she didn't rush back to Scotland , she stayed here , and has a constant and friendly contact with her dad ,, she is part of a very loving and close family , and is lucky to have a very protective ". Big " younger brother , who along with his wife , who is the carer for my g/f dad , both live in close local proximity to her dad , so she is constantly updated on his condition and general well being .
Her dad is following the usual addicts yes/no way of dealing with his problem , but at least after tests to see how his organs etc are coping with the long term abuse of them , the results would appear to excellent , and has told him that all are in perfect order ! Whether this news will be used in a good way or not ,is, as all will know , entirely up to himself ,,

    Many thanks once again ,,   Regards , steveiem ,,

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Message posted by fran1000 on 26/9/2012 at 8:55am
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Thanks for the update, Stevie.

Alcoholism is a dreadful disease. I've worked with many addicts, and I reckon alcohol is harder to kick than heroin (possibly because irt's mre easily available, I guess, and the temptation is there every time you walk into a supermarket or corner shop).

I wish your new girlfriend and her dad all the best, I hope he realises he's got to stop. It's great that the drink hasn't affected his health too badly, but he needs to know that doesn't mean he can just carry on.


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All excellent advice above, its a dreadful disease for all involved... as I know first hand as the wife of a recovering alcoholic.

After 30 years of very regular and increasing drinking redundancy tipped him into a dark place of depression and alcohol. Its a long story but the edited highlights are that he landed in hospital, 2 hours in resuss and 16 days on a ward. After this 'drying out' he went straight back on the voddie and lead his family a merry dance! What a dreadful year that was.

BUT .... almost 3 years on and after a huge battle he has it licked! He now has a couple of pints of weak bitter when we're out or a can or 2 at the weekend. He no longer craves anything stronger in fact the smell of previously much used and abused wine makes him feel sick. We've been in this place for 2 years and all is well.

Some may say that he's bound to relapse. Who knows. He is happy and healthy and able to talk about his experiences and lessons learned. I'm not complacent - however hugely proud of him and what he achieved.

So, the moral of my story is that recovery from this dreadful disease is possible. I would never have thought in those dreadful dark months it was and had no idea what my future held.

No doubt this poor man OP tells us about has the unconditional love and support he needs to take the tiny steps to recovery if he can. I wish all involved well.


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