Our expert says:
This sounds promising. And if in fact your dad hasn't drink alcohol for 2 weeks, on his own bat, that's promising, too. Sometimes when the damage caused by alcohol starts to catch up with someone, they may become usefully scared, and make that critically important switch of attitude that makes all the difference to success. Nobody can guarantee that any medical or psychological intervention WILL be effective, but this sounds so much more promising than anything he has been doing for so very long, doesn't it ? The follow-up is important --- it may be hard to stop drinking, but the critical thing is to stay stopped ! Some alcoholics just cannot face the idea that they're like other alcoholics, who they look down on, and will only cooperate with the treatment they need if it seems to be somehow different. Maybe in this first period of admission, they can help him to understand what this condition really is, what harm it has been doing to himself and the family, and the need to accept that alcholo henceforth is dangerous for him. Maybe he can start to think of support from programmes like AA, though that can work very well, but only in people who accept its process, and will be prepared to humble themselves and accept a position as just another alcoholic, known to the group only by first name, and unable to pull rank.
Sounds like a chance you can hardly afford for him not to take, considering how his drinking was affecting all of you.
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