Are there any ASF members who can report any effective recoveries from alcoholism, either personal or from friends or family?
I have a cousin, aged in his 50's, who has been an alcoholic most of his life.
He has been treated for depression most of this time. Also has had periods of abuse of prescription drugs, mostly benzodiazepines.
He has been through countless attempts at rehab, mostly when he has so drunk himself into physical collapse that he has used the rehab (private clinic) to get himself physically well enough to start drinking again.
Unsurprisingly, his marriage has collapsed, and he has gone from being quite affluent to now being on a Disability Pension.
Talking to him about his addiction, he believes the alcoholism is purely genetic (I don't know why he believes this as there is no alcoholism in previous generations or with his siblings). He describes the treatment he has received as "useless", that the doctors/therapists are stupid and haven't a clue about how to deal with addiction.
He describes AA as also useless, says "I hate groups, and they all smoke so I'd get choked in their meetings". ( I think he has been to a couple of meetings.)
When I asked if he'd tried Antabuse, his response was "But that would make me sick if I drink". Well, yes, that's the damn idea! Clearly he's not going to do that.
So he simply seems to be accepting that he will always drink, despite protesting that he'd love not to.
Seems sad to see a life so wasted, and he's causing great distress to his family.
If anyone has any suggestions, I'd be glad to hear.