Our expert says:
There's no easy solution to persuading someone to seek help. And this sounds like a really complex personality problem, made wose by the drinking and the dope. It does not sound like the sort of problem his father had, though the genes he inherited from his dad probably don't help much.
If he accepted that he had a problem, and sincerely wanted hel-p with it, he could surely be helped by seeing a shrink. Maybe the point to work on, perhaps by discussing yo0ur own problems, or those of someone else, is this idea that it's a sign of defeat or weakness to get and take necessary help. Is someone to be admired because they have a bad headache, but refuse to take an aspirin ? Or are they some sort of sissy if they do take aspirin ?
If someone's car is giving serious troubles, is he -|- ed up if he takes it to a garage to see an expert emchanic to have it put right ? Or manly and brave because he drives the car until it grinds to a halt ?
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