The Power of Acceptance: Embracing Change for a Brighter Future
How do I get my father into a residential treatment program for his alcoholism?[caption id="attachment_3653" align="alignright" width="450"]
Do you miss your old Dad?[/caption]Maybe when you were a little girl, you were the apple of your father’s eye. Most fathers do love their children very much, and want the best for their kids. Most children look up to their dads for strength, advice, positive role-modeling and even protection. If your father is an active alcoholic, none of the above is certain. More likely than not, if your dad is a heavy drinker, you have learned not to count on him for many things. Alcoholism is a progressive illness, and you may have noticed your father getting sicker as the years go by. For many children of an alcoholic, the roles become reversed with the child, or the adult child, taking care of an alcohol debilitated parent. Click here to see more about how alcoholism affects family roles.
This is a very good question that many children ask themselves for years. There is no way to give you the definitive answer to that question – BUT – if you are asking the question, you probably already have the answer. People that are not alcoholic never try to convince other people that they are not alcoholic. Click here for a self-directed alcoholism test.
As a first step, you can let your father know that you would like some time to talk with him. It is much more difficult to have this important conversation if there is some sort of distraction like the television or a ringing cell phone. Let your dad know that you love him very much, and that you are concerned about his drinking. You may be surprised to find out that your father is concerned too, but did not know how to reach out. Tell your dad about his options for treatment. Choosing a private pay alcohol treatment facility in beautiful Panama may seem much more appealing than a crowded government funded facility with plastic sheets, white coats and cafeterias.If this type of discussion fails, repeated pleas for the father to get help become futile, and, if anything, only serves to distant the father further, deepening his denial that he has a problem. At some point, you may want to consider an intervention. We recommend you seek professional advice at this point. There are professional interventionists who have made a career out of manipulating family situations to get an alcoholic or addict into treatment. Interventions for the father of the family can be very successful IF properly executed. They require professional planning and will not be effective if the whole family is not on board. You only get one shot at an intervention, so careful planning and guidance are important.
Serenity Vista Rehab is a private pay, holistic facility. Being private pay, and out of the country means that nobody has to know your father went for treatment. There will be nothing on his medical record, or his employment insurance record. Holistic alcohol treatment means that all areas of your father’s life will be addressed, body, mind and spirit. Excellent world-class Canadian and American counselors, delicious and fresh chef prepared meals,12 Step meetings, and a friendly chocolate Labrador retriever dog to hang out with.Panama is the perfect place for recreation of all kinds. Guests at drug rehab in Serenity Vista go sailing, fishing and whale watching on the Pacific ocean, zipling, hiking, golfing – all at incredibly beautiful venues. Panama is an amazing country, and we grow the best coffee in the world, right here in Boquete, home of Serenity Vista.Show your dad our website, and let him know you are ready to help him in whatever way you can. Let him know how much you want a sober dad, and that you support him. Learn about enabling and codependent behaviours so that you are not making things worse. Al-Anon Family Groups are an excellent resource. Click here to learn more about Serenity Vista and how Private Pay Drug Rehab works.
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