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I'm not sure whether or not to quit AA...

In summary: my sponsor, and her sponsor, advised me not to take a medication that is helpful to me and which I was not abusing. This makes me feel uncomfortable. More details below. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2014 - 38 answers

My Gentleman friend has gone to a detox facility, now what?

The love of my life has been admitted into a detox and rehab facility. Communication has been cut off (I'm told this is part of the process) and I have no idea how he is. I am sad, I never knew it was this bad, but he almost died of alcohol poisoning. What should I expect while he is in this facility? What will happen when he returns home? What should I do when he is home to make sure I am conveying my love and support?
posted by anonymous on Jun 24, 2014 - 15 answers

It's a bad time...but when is it ever a good time?

I'm coming to realize that my partner is seriously abusing alcohol (and being cavalier about other substances) just as he's embarking on an existential crisis following a messy legal situation (finalizing a divorce that's 2+ years in the making). The relationship needs work; he needs work; hell, I might need work; but he's got a lot on his plate and I can't really pile on. I have kind of lost sight of what is reasonable here, and could use some perspective. [more inside]
posted by magdalemon on Jun 18, 2014 - 30 answers

I'm Little_Dog. Not an alcoholic.

My therapist has recommended I regularly attend AA meetings. While it's true I quit drinking nearly 4 years ago, and alcohol had been a prevalent and destructive force in my life at that time, I have never experienced anything like a craving to drink in all the time I've been sober. My M.O. has always been a, "Eh, I'll have a drink when and if I ever feel like it. Which will probably be never, because I love this clear-mindedness!"-sort of thing. The therapist is treating me as a patient "in recovery". Fair enough: She can use whatever approach she sees fit, but now I'm entertaining the idea of AA and simultaneously questioning whether the therapist is a good fit for me. Yes, there are more details. [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on May 29, 2014 - 46 answers

How to deal with a group member whose drinking is becoming a problem?

Last Friday, it became clear that a member of a group that I'm in has drinking behaviours that may be becoming incompatible with being in the group. I can see several ways to proceed, but any advice is welcome - especially if you experienced something similar and tried something that worked. [more inside]
posted by rjs on May 18, 2014 - 13 answers

Concerned with husband's recent forays into binge drinking

My moderate-drinker husband has twice in the last month drank to the point of repeatedly vomiting. These binges are out of character and deeply concerning. Should he see his doctor? What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 25, 2014 - 42 answers

Modern biographies or fiction about women overcoming alcoholism.

I have read Drinking, A Love Story, and Smashed, and would like to read more like those. [more inside]
posted by waving on Feb 13, 2014 - 16 answers

Help my sibling and I care for our mother.

It has recently come to our attention that our mother is hiding—what seem to be very serious—health issues from us. We want to help her, but we're unsure how to proceed. I am seeking advice on two fronts: (1) help us navigate the current healthcare bureaucracy, and (2) help us care for someone who is probably going to try to refuse our help. All of the details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 25, 2014 - 16 answers

Will my DUIs keep me from working in recovery?

In my past as an active alcoholic, I received two DUIs. Since the last one, I've embraced recovery, and it's completely changed my life for the better. I want to transition into counseling from working in education, especially in recovery counseling as an LCDC. How will my criminal record impact my ability to do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2014 - 6 answers

What happens when you try to talk to your spouse's doctor?

My husband gets a clean bill of health from his doctor every time he goes for a checkup, which makes no sense to me if she knew his habits. He seems to like and respect his doctor, and is inclined to listen to her. I've been considering calling her up and informing her of what she's been missing. Have you ever done this? Have you ever been the doctor on the receiving end of this information? I welcome your thoughts and experience. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 23, 2013 - 22 answers

Alcoholism and the holidays

How do I navigate this family dysfunction around an alcoholic at Thanksgiving and Christmas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 13, 2013 - 18 answers

How to talk to new boyfriend about his relationship with alcohol?

I have been dating a lovely man for two months. We met online. I'm concerned he may drink too much and would like to talk to him about it. [more inside]
posted by AlmondEyes on Aug 26, 2013 - 27 answers

How Much Vodka is Too Much?

My roommate drinks a half gallon of vodka a week. I know it's a lot but is it so much that I should consider an intervention?
posted by zzazazz on Jul 28, 2013 - 36 answers

I am my brother's keeper

What's the best way to protect my younger brother from my father, without also causing trouble with Dad? (blizzard ensues) [more inside]
posted by blue_and_bronze on Jun 24, 2013 - 9 answers

What to say to my alcoholic dad

I feel compelled to say something to my dad about his drinking, after he hurt himself while drunk recently. I don't know if I should even bother. [more inside]
posted by DayTripper on Jun 20, 2013 - 27 answers

Alcoholism groups in NYC that are Not AA?

I'm looking for non-AA alcoholism treatment groups (non-residential) in New York City (preferably Manhattan or Brooklyn ) for someone who is AA-averse. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on May 19, 2013 - 7 answers

"Hey could you be sober for a night or two? I'd really appreciate it!"

Is there a polite way to ask my alcoholic parent to please stay sober for my college graduation, or is this an inappropriate subject to broach this late in the situation? Any tips for handling a visibly intoxicated relative without being rude or putting them on the defensive? Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2013 - 34 answers

1 night per month binge drinker

I know I have a problem drinking. I am a binge drinker that drinks once a month just before my period. Alcoholic Anonymous is the only answer I am getting. It has been helpful in the past, as I had 7 months of sobriety. As a binge drinker one or two nights a month, what do you think I should do, as I have found AA not the exact solution to my problems right now? Let me explain when, how, and why I drink. Please help! [more inside]
posted by Jewel98 on Apr 27, 2013 - 19 answers

Help Me Grok Al-Anon

My husband drinks too much, and I just attended my first Al-Anon meeting. I have some questions about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2013 - 19 answers

How can I get my aging father to stop eating like a picky child?

My dad is around 70 years old and has subsisted on a steady diet of shortbread cookies (those ones in the yellow box from the convenience store) and vanilla Ensure drinks for the past 2-3 years. How can we help him to help himself and eat real, nourishing food? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 8, 2013 - 33 answers

Is the winter harder for recovering substance abusers?

Happily one year and a few months sober, after close to a decade of progressively heavier drinking and self-destructive tendencies. After the first three months or so last year, dealing with the day to day of people having alcohol around me started to become much, much easier, until the past month or so, where the urge has hit me substantially harder. Seasonal? Just part of the territory? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 22, 2013 - 5 answers

Well hell, my eyes have been opened...

This question opened my eyes up. I now realize that I'm an alcoholic. Yeah, I'm highly functional, but an alcoholic nonetheless. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 15, 2013 - 29 answers

My oldest friend is an alcoholic.

She's important to me. She used to be so smart and so much fun to be around. I feel like I can't just walk away, and in any event, I don't want to. Help me figure out what to do. Avalanche of details to follow. [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes on Jan 22, 2013 - 22 answers

I want to decorate with my boyfriend but he'll kind of be ... away

How do I deal with preparing for a life with my boyfriend when I know he’s going to have to spend some time in jail for a DUI? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 12, 2012 - 16 answers

What can I do to help my aging alcoholic father?

Is there anything I can do to help my alcoholic father? He is retired, getting older, and the issue is getting progressively worse. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 29, 2012 - 14 answers

How can I keep this friendship, and should I even try?

What to do about a close friend who seems to have become an alcoholic--and cemented his new status of "repeatedly gets so drunk he black-outs" in my mind by telling me details of his sexual fantasies involving myself and his wife (my former best friend)? Bonus features: super long background story! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2012 - 34 answers

How to manage the relationship with Mom

How do you enforce boundaries with a needy parent? [more inside]
posted by thrasher on Oct 18, 2012 - 19 answers

What to send to someone in rehab?

Someone who I have never met personally but who has been very generous with me in the past is in an inpatient rehab facility (for alcohol). I'd like to send her a care package. What the heck should I include? [more inside]
posted by SeedStitch on Sep 11, 2012 - 18 answers

How to quit drinking without AA

Help me quit drinking without using AA [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2012 - 20 answers

Thanks Mom but no.

I've got surgery coming up and Mom wants to be there for me. I don't want her there. How do I navigate this? [more inside]
posted by thrasher on Jul 31, 2012 - 35 answers

Functional alcoholism and family life.

Functional alcoholism and family life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 17, 2012 - 37 answers

If I could control your thoughts you wouldn’t be this angry at me

My father in law is bipolar and self-medicating with alcohol. He is the sole carer for my house-bound mother in law. They live 5 hours’ drive away and they resist efforts to help them. How do I best cope with him? How do I practically help them both? Long and painful story below the cut. [more inside]
posted by little-egglplant on Jul 16, 2012 - 9 answers

How do I stay sober?

How do you stay sober through difficult times? [more inside]
posted by thelastgirl on May 10, 2012 - 25 answers

"Leaving Las Vegas" or "Arthur"

Posting for a friend who wishes to remain anonymous: I am at the end of my third day of not drinking alcohol after 5-10 years (I’m not exactly sure how long it’s been) of drinking almost every day. I have some questions about withdrawal that I can't seem to find the answers to. [more inside]
posted by banishedimmortal on Apr 23, 2012 - 23 answers

Books to help understand and move forward

Are there recommended books for adult children of alcoholics? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 on Feb 27, 2012 - 7 answers

Getting sober and getting on with it

Getting sober and/or working towards your dreams: before, after or simultaneously? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 18, 2012 - 20 answers

What can I do to help my alcoholic father?

My father may be about to become homeless, what can I do to keep some sort of roof over his head? [more inside]
posted by lieberschnitzel on Feb 11, 2012 - 8 answers

Need advice from alcoholics

I made my alcoholic husband of 10 years leave a couple weeks ago. How to I be supportive, civil, and not lose my newly found sanity? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 5, 2012 - 27 answers

dealing with family history of substance abuse in my health records

I don't want my parent's death due to substance abuse to appear on the family history section of my health records any more. How do I deal with this and what are the repercussions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2012 - 19 answers

How do I stop my aunt from using my name on/in forms?

My troublemaker aunt is using my name to fill out forms. She has a long history of alcoholism and possibly some mental problems, and I have no way of contacting her other than Facebook (I think). How do I get her to stop? Is this illegal in any way? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Jan 2, 2012 - 16 answers

Harm reduction and Norco?

What can I do to warn my father about the risk of acetaminophen overdose while he is abusing Norco? Harm reduction for my own dad? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2011 - 11 answers

Caring for my alcoholic parents

I'm visiting my sick parents, and I need advice and options about how to take care of them while I am there, and how they can be cared for after I leave. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 15, 2011 - 8 answers

They need treatment - they don't want to lose their job

An aquaintance of mine works for a defense contractor company as has a fairly high security clearance. They also have a serious drinking problem and have admitted that they are an alcoholic. However, they are afraid to go for treatment because they are concerned that they will lose their security clearance as a result. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2011 - 25 answers

Am I an alcoholic?

I have 2-5 drinks per day. Am I an alcoholic? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 28, 2011 - 43 answers

Novel/alternative treatments for alcoholism?

How can I help a friend with alcoholism who has tried nearly everything? My friend is 34, female, bi-polar, suffers from depression, and has had alcohol problems since college. Multiple rehabs, jail time, medications, cognitive behavioral therapy, counseling, all the standard things have been tried at length but ultimately failed. She would like nothing more than to be able to lead a normal life, but the addition is so strong that so far, this has not been possible. What are some novel alternatives? For example, I've considered acupuncture, hypnosis, osteopathy, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2011 - 9 answers

Alcoholism, parents and dealing with both.

My dad is 63. He's been diagnosed with pancreatitis, but there are a whole host of complicating factors, for that and for everything else. I'm at pretty much the end of my tether. Some advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 17, 2011 - 5 answers

Will my doctor friend lost his medical licence if he checks into an inpatient mental facility?

My best friend is a doctor in Miami (with a board-certified specialism) and he's having a nervous breakdown. He's afraid that if he checks himself into a mental hospital he'll lose his licence to practice medicine. I have couple of questions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 14, 2011 - 12 answers

I am going to self-detox from alcohol on in 3 days, what should I expect?

I am going to self-detox from alcohol on in 3 days, what should I expect? [more inside]
posted by atomicmedia on Oct 1, 2011 - 21 answers

Bird in a gilded cage, with a cuttlefish of infidelity and a newspaper floor of possible visa fraud

TL; DR: I think my marriage is at an end, and I need some coping strategies. May be the victim of visa fraud. No money for an attorney or another place to live. Help? Suck it up? [more inside]
posted by book 'em, danno on Sep 7, 2011 - 39 answers

Should I drink?

I'm a male student in my early 20's. I've never had a drink of anything, but now I'm coming off of the medication (for a physical illness) that was stopping me. My mom's family is full of alcoholics, and I have some hints of addictive tendencies myself. I'd like to start drinking. Should I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 - 37 answers

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