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What do you do when an alcoholic relapses?
Asked: 2018-09-24 16:07:47
My father has been sober for five years, but I’m concerned that he is about to, or already has, relapsed. How can I tell and what should I do?
Answered: 2018-09-25 11:03:10
That’s great that your father has been sober for five years. However, for an alcoholic, those five years have probably felt like a lifetime for him. If he went through a particularly stressful or difficult time lately, those emotions and his urge to drink may have resurfaced. You can support your dad but still hold him accountable for sticking to his recovery and getting help. Let him know that while you love him and care for him, you will continue to press him to get help.
Answered: 2018-09-26 00:12:02
I’m sorry to hear about this struggle your going through. If your father relapses, you will notice a change in behavior and perhaps even his physical health. You may also notice him drinking in public settings where others can see. You should continue to hold your father accountable for his actions and urge him to seek help. Unfortunately, relapses are often part of the disease of addiction, but that doesn’t mean you should make excuses for him. Continue pushing him to get help, and hold your head up!
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Answered: 2018-11-14 22:12:44