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Sep 16, 2019

Can an Alcoholic be "Not a Regular Alcoholic?"

I wonder about my step-father, who recently died of congestive heart failure. He was an alcoholic for years but in the last 10-15 years of his life he

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Sep 16, 2019

Is my Husband and Alcoholic?

He has been drinking hard liquor every day for over 10 years. He never appears drunk, but his hands tremble, and he smells of old liquor. Is he an alcoholic?

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Sep 13, 2019

Sponsor Responsibilities and Approval ....Please Clarify the Sponsor's Role

What exactly is the sponsor’s responsibilities? My husband of 30 years moved out and says he needs to get approval from his sponsor before he can speak with me? Is this normal?

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Aug 06, 2019

Can Using Cleaning Chemicals Exhibit the Same Signs as Drinking?

One of the hardest parts in the recovery process is earning the trust of family members. It may be useful to have an agreed-upon plan for steps to take if there is a suspicion...

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Jul 18, 2019

Why am I always in hyper-focus? I drink to relax and slow down. Why?

The struggles of anxiety disorders are one of the main reasons that people turn to alcohol and drugs; they are trying to find relief from pain or stress, or an untreated mental illness. Counseling....

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Jul 01, 2019

Why is he Able to Control His Drinking During the Working Week, but Not Weekends?

It is important to take the time to care for yourself and understand what kept you in this relationship. He was in a relationship with alcohol, not you. Support groups like Al-Anon....

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Jun 24, 2019

Alcohol and Mental Health Issues - Should One be Treated Before the Other?

Mental health concerns and alcohol use should be viewed and treated together, as they are intertwined through a cycle. Having the self-awareness to seek treatment and be accepting of help and support is the first step towards thriving in your journey in recovery.

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Jun 24, 2019

When do you Give Up on an Alcoholic Child?

This is a decision that you have to make as an individual. Offer your support, and remind him how much you believe in him. This will give him a foundation if he…

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Jun 21, 2019

How to back up what you said to an Alcoholic

Our son is an alcoholic. He is 31. He has been doing drugs and alcohol for at least 14 years now. He has almost always lived elsewhere since he has

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Jun 14, 2019

My Husband Admits He Has a Drinking Problem and Says He Wants to Quit, But he Continues to Drink

The purpose of his responses are to defend the addiction and put the focus on you instead of him. I recommend that you seek counseling so you can properly respond to him as well as take care of yourself.

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Jun 12, 2019

My Journey in AA, and My Journey After AA

My story of how I overcame alcoholism, job loss, financial failure, divorce and cancer. I grew up with an alcoholic mother, and became an alcoholic.

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Jun 11, 2019

Can Online AA Meetings Substitute for Face-to-Face?

Online support groups provide many of the same benefits as in-person groups. However, the APA has stated that face-to-face meetings are more effective.

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Jun 11, 2019

How Come after Drinking Heavily for 23 years, I Quit and Have Had no Withdrawal Symptoms or Cravings for Alcohol?

It is unlikely that you will develop withdrawal symptoms if you have not by week 4. Some physical symptoms from alcohol abuse can take years to fully manifest.

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Jun 06, 2019

I think I'm in the Final Stage of Alcoholic Dementia

I'm in the final stages of alcoholic dementia. I need help: Quitting drinking is your best hope for a longer and improved quality of life. Contact a local hospital for detox resources....

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May 31, 2019

Recovering Alcoholic With Shaking Hands

My son’s hands still shake. Is he still drinking? Tremors are a common symptoms of withdrawal. If he still has tremors, he may have developed essential tremor.

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May 21, 2019

Vitamins for Alcoholics To Prevent Alcohol-Related Illnesses

Vitamins for alcoholics can help prevent several alcohol-related illnesses while drinking, and aid during recovery. Key vitamins, recommended multivitamin...

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May 13, 2019

Will Our Daughter Remarry Another Alcoholic?

Our daughter is divorcing her alcoholic husband. Is it true that her chances of remarrying another alcoholic are high? It is common for women to marry more than one alcoholic. This is often related to codependency.

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May 10, 2019

When Do You Walk Away From An Alcoholic Sister

I am a caregiver for my sister - who is an alcoholic. She just went through hospitalization and rehabilitation. It's been almost two months since she drank

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May 08, 2019

Getting a Divorce Due to my Husbands Alcoholism

We've been together for 22 years and I still love him very much. Everything started falling apart about 6 months ago when I really noticed my husband

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May 08, 2019

Wasted Life as an Alcoholic

I've been an alcoholic my whole life. 40+ years of my 52 years of life have been wasted by me and my disease. I basically have 2 lives; my life before

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