Our friend is an alcoholic and depressed… what can we do???

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
1716 posts
Bumble bee

He needs counseling and therapy, but I’m sure you already knew that. 

It’s not unusual for people who have had gastric bypass to turn to alcohol when their issues come up again. The surgery may fix the body, but it doesn’t fix the mind. Since they can’t eat the way they used to, they drink. 

Do you think you and your fiancée can persuade him into getting help? Could one or both of you go with him to an AA meeting or support group? 

I’m not sure what either of you can do other than that. I hope he gets better. 

Post # 5
1716 posts
Bumble bee

@AquaGrey8962:  Hmmm… Do you think he’s the type of guy that would respond well to an intervention? Sometimes interventions do more harm than good. Having so many loved ones show up unexpectedly in one room could make things worse. 

Before going the intervention route, maybe you could talk to him about what can happen to gastric bypass patients whose emotional issues aren’t worked on before the surgery or afterward. Try to find some literature on the subject and send it to him or talk to him about it.

Talking about the medical side of his issues first may be a good way to go. You could even try to persuade him to talk to a doctor about gastric bypass and alcoholism. 

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