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My middle age sister is an alcoholic
Posted by DaveM on 20 February 2014.
My sister is an alchoholic, having had a problem with drink for many years. As well as me, her eldest sibling, she has another brother and sister. She also has 4 lovely children of her own and many grand children. We all love her. She has a very caring nature and needs to be needed. She's a qualified nurse and has been in the caring profession for many years. Unfortunately she is a drinker and has done her best to hide this from us all for many years. However thiings came to a head a year ago and she ended up spending a month at a private clinic. 5 days after coming out she started drinking again. Currently she is very up and down - one day happy and the next day saying she feels 'crap'. On these days she'll speak very slowly, as if in a dream world, and often contradict herself. We think she lies often, and never really opens up. She should be going to alcoholics anonymous 3 times per week - but doesn't go at all. We would like to make things better for her, but don't know how. She's going on a 2 week cruise with our Mum soon .... but when she gets back what will have changed ? Do we just stand on the side lines --- NO ---- but what can we do? She shows signs of having a nervous breakdown and being depressed - but won't go to the doctor or contemplate taking prescribed medication. She sleeps a lot I understand there is no magic cure - but we all want her to be happy. Has anyone the same experience? Do we confront her - or will this makes things worse? Does she need to hit rock bottom before taking some initiative herself? How do we approach her in a constructive way without her getting all defensive? Thanks
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