What does it take for an alcoholic to hit bottom and get help with alcoholism?

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2006-09-07 06:16:52

Each individual is different. If you have the power (husband or

wife) then sometimes forcing them into detox will work. My

husband's father started to drink later in life after he retired.

He was a huge man (not fat) and would drink and drive and his mood

wasn't the most pleasant. We tried everything and I suggest detox.

We got him there and he spent 3 days there and kept phoning my

husband's mother and was mad as a wet hen over it. He walked out

the door on the 4th day and came home, but we told him if he hit

the bottle again he would go to an institution to dry out. He never

drank again! Someones one has got to be almost cruel to deal with

an alcoholic. Alcoholism is actually a disease and it can be

hereditary. Some people use it to deaden physical pain or emotional

pain. Good or bad these types of people didn't become who they are

because they wanted to hurt themselves or anyone they loved.

Waiting is the hard part and until the alcoholic is either put into

hospital or some institution where they can dry out and get

psychological counseling they may never get it over and eventually

die from liver disease or heart disease. Some alcoholics go into

hospital for detoxes on many occasions and still go back

drinking...some die is also regarded as an illness

of denial alot of alcoholics will experience life in the gutter

where they have lost everything and live life hand to mouth and

still be drinking the sufferer would have to give up for themselves

first and not for anybody else if they are to have a realistic

chance of recovery...the problem may occur when alcohol is taken in

the system of an acoholic that causes an allergy combined with

mental obsession that "lights up" the sufferer and continues the

insanity of taking that first drink...without this first drink the

sufferer cannot get drunk...some alcoholics don't have to reach a

low rock bottom to stop drinking they realise the futility of their

abuse...but in my opinion some alcoholics are "sicker" than others

depending on what has happened in their past lives whether they can

face their demons with a sober mind on a daily basis...

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