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What help is out there for alcoholics? I know there is AA meetings but my partner is a major non social person......... is there medication or you can see a doctor etc.....
Any help I would highly appreciate.
AA also has a phone councelling service. Other than that I'm not sure sorry.:hugs:
going to your gp is a good start. There are medications that can be taken to alleviate withdrawal symptoms such as valium, vitamins especially vit b are also good to take as well as a healthy diet can all help. You can also check out your local community health centre. Here in queensland (not sure were you are) there is a service called ATODS- alcohol, tobacco ,other drugs services which do one on one stuff and comprises of psychologists,doctors, nurses and social workers. You can self refer to these centres they are a public run system. Hope this helps.
There is a calcium based medication that can be prescribed. Its called Campral and its very expensive and has to be specially authorised by the treating GP.
I went through all this with my ex. I found every sort of AA he could go to, but apparently he didn't think he had a problem and didn't go listen or try anything. Until I dumped him and he lost his licence for drink driving. He went to AA and found it really helpful.
There's also one program you can do by mail (I was desperate for him to stop) I don't know how successful it would be.
I will try and find the brochure over the next few days.
Does your husband want to stop?
If he doesn't no amount of force will send him.
I tried EVERYTHING possible to get my ex to stop from threats, pouring any alcohol in the house down the sink, I even got as low as stealing money from his wallet so maybe he wouldn't spend as much. He didn't even realise it went missing.(its in the girls accounts now, I believe it better than a pubs till!)
It wasn't until he wanted to go that he listened to me.
Sorry to hear what you are dealing with.
As said, until he acknowleges he has a problem he won't do anything about it and it's very hard for anyone else to do anything for them.
There is a support thing for familys like AA, I'm sorry I can't recall the name, someone will know though.
All the best with your support journey of him
Firstly, He needs to recognise that he has a problem and secondly he needs to want to take the steps himself.
As the daughter of an alcoholic, and having once had a partner with alcoholism, I would urge you to get some support for yourself as well. A councilor perhaps. This may even get the ball rolling. There may be some free community help available somewhere. Keep looking until you find it. Specify that he's not very sociable etc...that maybe he needs one on one help and that AA isn't suitable for him.
I would call the local hospital and ask if there are some free confidential councelling your husband could attend. If he really wants to.
Living with an alcoholic is very exhausting & It isn't easy. :hugs:
Al-Anon is an organisation for families and friends of alcoholics. You can look on the Net for your closest group or a phone number. They will be able to point you in the right direction.
:hugs: to you
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