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    Old 08-14-2007, 01:23 PM   #1
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    Depression and Alcohol Help Needed

    Hi this is my first time posting hopefully someone here can help. My boyfriend is an alcoholic ( alcohol is the only liquid he puts in his body) his stomach is bloated, he's been told his iron is to high and he suffers from depression (yes he takes pills for this - sometimes) He cant sleep at night, he suffers nightsweats, throws up everyday, headaches all the time. He has currently been on holidays the last two weeks and has spent that time in bed. I want him to go to rehab (he's been before) but he says he's ok. I think he's dying. How can anyone live on alcohol as there only source of liquid. What can I do or say to help him? Thanks

     
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    Old 08-14-2007, 01:33 PM   #2
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    Re: Depression and Alcohol Help Needed

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    Hi this is my first time posting hopefully someone here can help. My boyfriend is an alcoholic ( alcohol is the only liquid he puts in his body) his stomach is bloated, he's been told his iron is to high and he suffers from depression (yes he takes pills for this - sometimes) He cant sleep at night, he suffers nightsweats, throws up everyday, headaches all the time. He has currently been on holidays the last two weeks and has spent that time in bed. I want him to go to rehab (he's been before) but he says he's ok. I think he's dying. How can anyone live on alcohol as there only source of liquid. What can I do or say to help him? Thanks
    Sadly, there is remarkably little you can do to help him. What you can do, is not help him kill himself. I'd suggest alanon strongly. In the end, you have control of only your actions. Don't make your self image about his sobriety - you'll end up miserable even if he sobers up.

    It sounds to me like he's a hard case. Don't despair: many hard cases (myself as an example) will sober up. When we do it is remarkably independent of the feelings of those around us. We do it when we are done, and not a minute before. If he decides he wants to quit, make sure he goes into medical detox. From what you say, he is in extreme risk of having DTs, which can be fatal. A medical detox will take him down without seizures.
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