What Can Be Done for Alcoholic Who Has Already Been in Rehab Twice?

Question by sweetgirl: What can be done for Alcoholic who has already been in rehab twice?
My friend has been to rehab twice for alcoholism. He didn’t stay sober for long and doesn’t think going again will help. He goes to AA meetings for few days but then gets back to drinking. It on and off mostly drinking and not going to meetings. Is there any hope for him or what can be done if rehab has failed for him. He is in so much pain and says he needs help so bad and he struggles everyday. I try to suggest things but he doesn’t do them. I know that I can’t help him but tell him that he needs to allow people to help him and support him and not refuse it. Any advise on this would be great.
So far good answers I have suggested alot of stuff like yoga, hobby, going to the gym after work instead of straight home to drink, counseling, spending time at bookstore since he likes to read. I know he can only help himself but its very sad to not be able to help someone that you love.

Whacky Fish..First off this isn’t a forum to preach specific religions. Maybe this person is Catholic.
Thank you for that comment he is Catholic and preaching your own religion is not intended for this conversation

Best answer:

Answer by gina
He has to want it himself bad enough to change for the better. Tell him to study the Bible with Jehovah’s Wittnesses that worked for me and my husband.

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5 Responses to What Can Be Done for Alcoholic Who Has Already Been in Rehab Twice?

  • wcwindom56 says:

    There is always hope… but it’s up to the individual. My father was an alcoholic. His doctor told him if he didnt quit drinking he would never see his kids grown. He died 1 month before I graduated HS.

  • whackyfish says:

    First off this isn’t a forum to preach specific religions. Maybe this person is Catholic, you have just been offensive then. They only way a person can do anything is if they WANT to. They have to find their own way whether it is with the help of God or not. My father was a horrible alcoholic, and tried many times with our support to change. then one day he REALLY wanted to stop after numerous AA and clinics. ( I mean years of them) And when he got there he did it… Maybe some counseling, maybe just support no one will really know except for him.. Good Luck.

  • beutifulblacrose says:

    detox maybe? i hear its ruff but it could help. I know you want to help but unless he is really serious about changing his lifestyle there’s not much you can do. AA meetings and rehab won’t do a thing if he doesn’t want it enough. He can try slowly easing off letting himself drink less and less every week, try to get a hobby, maybe building something or drawing, yoga or meditation, going out with friends.. anything to stay away from the alcohol.

  • Shano says:

    Tell him he’s dragging himself to an early grave and that he’s destroying his liver also tell him to talk to a therapist to help him with his issues.

  • raysny says:

    Nothing until he decides he wants to quit, then almost any method will work.

    Most people quit without any type of treatment or program:
    “There is a high rate of recovery among alcoholics and addicts, treated and untreated. According to one estimate, heroin addicts break the habit in an average of 11 years. Another estimate is that at least 50% of alcoholics eventually free themselves although only 10% are ever treated. One recent study found that 80% of all alcoholics who recover for a year or more do so on their own, some after being unsuccessfully treated. When a group of these self-treated alcoholics was interviewed, 57% said they simply decided that alcohol was bad for them. Twenty-nine percent said health problems, frightening experiences, accidents, or blackouts persuaded them to quit. Others used such phrases as “Things were building up” or “I was sick and tired of it.” Support from a husband or wife was important in sustaining the resolution.”
    Treatment of Drug Abuse and Addiction — Part III, The Harvard Mental Health Letter, October 1995.

    The 12step approach hasn’t worked so far, why continue with the same sort of treatment?

    Since it’s been drilled into his head that he cannot quit without a group, here are some alternatives:




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