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Helping an alcoholic mother can be challenging, but here are some steps you can take to support her:

Express your concern: Let your mother know that you are concerned about her alcohol use and that you want to help her.

Educate yourself: Educate yourself on alcoholism, including the signs and symptoms, risks, and available resources for recovery.

Encourage professional help: Encourage your mother to seek professional help for her alcohol use. This may involve contacting a healthcare provider, addiction specialist, or treatment program.

Offer support: Offer emotional support to your mother during her journey towards recovery. Encourage her to talk about her feelings and experiences, and offer a listening ear.

Help her find resources: Help your mother find resources for her recovery, such as support groups or treatment programs in your area. In addition, you can help her identify healthy activities or hobbies that can keep her occupied and help her stay away from alcohol.

Set boundaries: Set clear boundaries with your mother around her alcohol use and the impact it is having on your relationship. This may involve setting limits on her behavior or refusing to enable her alcohol use.

Attend support groups: Attend support groups such as Al-Anon or Alateen to receive support and guidance on how to deal with your mother’s alcohol use.

Remember, helping your mother to stop drinking can be a difficult and ongoing process that requires ongoing support and commitment. By expressing your concern, educating yourself, encouraging professional help, offering support, helping her find resources, setting boundaries, and attending support groups, you can support your mother in her journey towards a healthier, sober life.