This is a different type of post for me today, but one that is very important. Earlier this week, I received a message via my Facebook page. With the message sender’s permission, I share it here:
“My brother has never really gotten out of the college age drinking phase. He is about to turn 31 and knows he has a problem and wants to make changes. But doesn’t have the money for therapy and my “macho” family doesn’t always make him feel that it is an option anyway. Do you have any advice for how to help him take steps to make changes or how to help him move past the phase of I am lonely and bored and insecure so I’ll just go drink?”
When I read this, the “lonely and bored” stuck with me and I wrote back with thoughts about finding ways to fill the lonely and bored time with non-drinking hobbies and interests, perhaps volunteering, etc. But, chances are it’s not that simple. An addict will drink around and through everything. I know that all too well. I also mentioned AA. As those who regularly read my posts know, I have never been to an AA meeting. However, I know many people find exactly what they need in the rooms and camaraderie is something I think could greatly benefit this man.
But, I am not an expert. I know there are lots of resources out there. And, we all find recovery in our own way and in our own time.
So, dear readers, what advice do you have for this wonderful woman whose love and concern for her brother prompted her to reach out? I told her I’d ask, and I know she will appreciate anything you have to offer.
You can comment anonymously below or, if you prefer not to comment, you can email me at info (at) quitwining (dot) com or send a message via my Facebook page. Please understand any and all comments, messages, etc. will be shared with the woman who asked the question above and may even be included in a follow up blog post.