How to Help an Alcoholic: 16 Ways to Offer Support
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Primary Changes: Edited for readability and clarity. Reviewed and added relevant resources. Revised “How to Help an Alcoholic” and “Treatment Options for Alcohol Use Disorder.” Added “What To Do If Your Loved One Doesn’t Want Help.” New content written by John Cottone, PhD and reviewed by Heidi Moawad, MD.
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