Dealing with an alcoholic dad can be challenging, but there are several steps you can take to help him and protect yourself and your family:
Encourage him to get help: Talk to your dad about his alcoholism and encourage him to get help. You can suggest that he sees a doctor or a counselor, or attend an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.
Set boundaries: Set clear boundaries with your dad about his alcohol use and what you are willing to tolerate. Be firm and consistent in enforcing these boundaries.
Seek support: Talk to a therapist or join a support group for families of alcoholics. These groups can provide you with the emotional support you need and offer practical advice on how to deal with an alcoholic parent.
Take care of yourself: It’s essential to take care of yourself and your mental health when dealing with an alcoholic parent. Engage in self-care activities such as exercise, meditation, or spending time with friends and family.
Consider staging an intervention: If your dad is resistant to getting help, consider staging an intervention. An intervention involves a group of people who care about the person struggling with alcoholism, who come together to encourage the person to seek help.