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She has been an alcoholic for many years. Last week she hurt her foot - saying she stretched and hurt it! It is badly swollen and is most likely a drunken accident which she wont admit to.
She says she cannot drive with the swollen foot and is expecting me to drive her to the shop every other day for "food" - the food stays rotting on the kitchen floor and she drinks the bottles of brandy she is buying.
I have told her I am not prepared to take her to buy more brandy (at least a litre bottle a day - possibly more) - but she blames her drinking on me and says I will have to take her as it is too dangerous to just suddenly stop drinking.
She says she cannot walk to a local shop (even before the foot injury her mobility was in rapid decline) and says no one else can keep driving her to the shop.
She keeps ringing and saying I will find her dead after a seizure if I don't get her the brandy.
I don't want to be a part of her drinking - she wont accept the problem or seek help.
She has been diagnosed with alcoholic liver disease and she even continues to deny this saying it must be a mistake.
Don't know what to do - she is ringing and begging like a child - then being vindictive and nasty when I refuse to help her.
Can I just leave her to the consequences of her own actions - such as a seizure from lack of alcohol?

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You do not need a liter of brandy daily to stave off DTs. I remember from years ago while a med student, that they would give an ounce of alcohol in orange juice a couple times a day to someone who was hospitalized for a brief acute condition related stay, who was not ready for rehab. Another thing to be wary of in a server alcoholic is Wernicke-Korsakoffs psychosis, and make sure they get some B vitamins, particularly thiamine. The real,answer of course is an intervention and attempt at rehab, and I agree with the recs for some 12 steps groups all around.

My heart and prayers are with you. Watching a train wreck in slow motion like this can really suck. You do what you can, the addicted person must still be the one to begin to accept some of the reality...Otherwise it can be fatal despite best efforts of everyone who cares about them.
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Thank you everyone for your responses - it helps to know that others have gone through similar situations.

I have not taken her to the shop over the weekend, and have managed to get an appointment with her GP on Tuesday. I am hoping the GP will be able to offer some additional advice.

She is still ringing me asking me to take her to the shop - although while she keeps ringing, at least I know that she is ok!
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Who has mom's medical POA? Get that in place asap!
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It is not your fault, that is normal behavior for an alcoholic, blame something or somebody else. Call the AA 24\7 support number. Ask them if they can have someone else monitor and check in on your mom. The further away you stay the better ultimately for you and mom. It is hard, many here have walked in your shoes. It is dangerous to stop cold turkey, she needs to be monitored constantly and medicated as medical staff considers appropriate. Many rehab facilities will not monitor the withdrawal, that needs to happen in an appropriate medical facility.
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First of all get the foot X-ray'd. If they prescribe an opiate painkiller like oxycontin or vicodin, NO alcohol. As far as her threats of imminent demise, tell her to call 911 if she sees pink elephants.
The Al-Anon meeting will be a tremendous help for you to cope with an addictive and manipulative patient.
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That's wonderful, sally22!!!!! You did good!!
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You are not the cause of her drinking. You are not the reason your mom is an alcoholic. It's her addiction, not yours. You don't have to be a part of her addiction. You can choose to not participate in it. Her threats and accusations are her way of trying to get what she wants---alcohol. Her addiction will make her say or do anything to get that booze.

If you're concerned for her health keep in close touch with her for about 48 hours. Check in on her. Call her. You won't be helping her by buying her booze for her. When she's back on her feet she can go to the store and buy as much booze as she wants.

I agree with Jessie about Al-Anon. Get in touch with them. I wouldn't be surprised if you were able to get in touch with someone today. Talk to them. They can guide you through this.

Be strong, sally22. Your mom's an addict. She has the power to infect you too. Alcoholism is a family disease, as Jessie said, and takes out everyone in it's path.
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YEA, Sally. They will know what you are going through and can help. We went through this with my brother, who never lost his desire to drink. He died at 57, though he probably should have lived 30 more years. Sad thing is that he was so beyond help that people breathed a sigh of relief when he died. No one knew what to do for him.
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Thank you - I have found a local al anon that holds weekly meetings every Tuesday.
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AA is a great resource. Do you have a drug and alcohol agency where you could get counseling? I would also talk with her doctor or send him/her a note.

One way or the other - more booze or none, she is headed for a medical crisis.

You could also possibly agree to buy her a limited amount of booze for a limited time, on the condition that she seek help, which most likely she will not, but it puts you in a position to negotiate. and offsets the chance of a severe withdrawal at this time. Just a suggestion.

You may feel better if you have tried this and laid it all out on the table to her. Not that she will agree or stop blaming you. In any case, set the conditions that you feel are best, make it clear to her what you are and are not prepared to do and stick to it. Don't let her emotional blackmail force you to do anything you do not feel is right. Detachment is letting others experience the consequences of their choices.

Good luck. I know this is very difficult. Keep in touch and let us know how you are doing. ((((((((hugs)))))))
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I think you need some help with this. Find someone who deals with alcoholism in your area. If you have a Al-Anon group, it is a good place to start. People who have a problem with alcohol usually know they do, but they deny it to others, since it would force them to change. Many really want to change, but they are married to the bottle. It is the most important thing to their physical life, though their spiritual life can yearn for better things.

Going the road she is travelling, your mum may not live much longer. Alcohol in abundance poisons the liver, heart, brain, and other organs of the body over time. You may have to force her into making some hard decisions, but I would get the advice of others, e.g. Al-Anon, who have walked in your shoes. The only thing I know that works with a serious alcoholic is having them want to stop drinking, followed by rehab to get clean and membership in AA to stay clean. Sometimes we can help. Other times we can't and we have to pull back while the person self destructs. Get with your local Al-Anon to get some help for yourself while you're going through this. You have more company than you know with this problem. Alcoholism tears up the lives of the alcoholic and the people who care about him or her.
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Thank you for your answer JessieBelle. She is drinking at least a litre of brandy every day, usually nearer to one and a half litres per day. She wont entertain the idea of getting any help and denies having a problem - she says she could stop but blames me for endless reasons why she hasn't stopped so far. I feel she has me backed into a corner - I have to take her to buy brandy, or leave her to the consequences of suddenly stopping drinking.
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It is dangerous to go cold turkey if someone is an alcoholic. The cells of the body are accustomed to having alcohol around, so abrupt withdrawal can have serious consequences, depending on how often she drank. Is there a way to get her into rehab? If you don't want to buy the alcohol with her, keep an eye on her and call an ambulance if she gets ill or begins acting irrationally. It is a tough situation.
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