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Dealing with an alcoholic in denial?

  • Dr. Drew gives his advice on what you can do to deal with this issue
  • 'You can go to a program called Al-Anon which is really essential here', he says

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Dealing with an alcoholic in denial?

On Tuesday night, HLN's Dr. Drew took a viewer call that dealt with the serious issue of alcoholism.

Caller Justin stated that his 56-year-old father had gotten a DWI and also had been suspended from his job.

“Ever since then, it's gotten extremely worse,” Justin explained. “He switched from beer to liquor. And I'm not sure how to approach him about it, because he's in full denial about it.”

Dr. Drew gave Justin some direction to help him deal with this difficult problem.

“You could do an intervention -- just get him into treatment,” he said. “Two: next time he drives, call the cops and say there's somebody drinking and driving in the streets and they'll make sure he gets into treatment. Number three: you can go to a program called Al-Anon, which is really essential here ... That will change the dance you're going with him.”

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