Thank you for writing in here.
I am so sorry to hear about your brother's situation.
It sounds like he is addicted to alcohol.
He may be depressed as he lost his job. It's common for people with alcohol abuse
and dependence problems to suffer from depression.
His excess use of alcohol may aggravate his health and depression over time.
Perhaps, he may be afraid of quitting alcohol or he may be at a loss of what to do without drinking.
I would advise him to see his primary care physician for a physical check-up and safe alcohol detoxification
Then he may need to start working with a psychotherapist for alcohol addiction and depression WEEKLY in his area.
A combination of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy are considered to be effective to treat Depression.
Cognitive-behvaior therapy (CBT) will work for depression.
He may ask his doctor for a psychologist/psychotherapist that he can work with WEEKLY. Or he may call his insurance company and get a list of providers in his area.
Or, you can search a licensed psychologist on internet- such as the PSYCHOLOGY TODAY website. Go to (http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/ppc/prof_search.php?iorb=4764) and enter your zip code and optional category of specialty such as Depression. Read psychotherapists’ profile to see if he or she specializes in Cognitive-behavior therapy. You may also want to create your mental image of psychotherapist that he wants to work with – Male or female? To note, many therapists offer initial consultation for free. So he can see it as an informational meeting. He can ask any question and negotiate psychotherapy fee.
If he has no health insurance or seek a low fee counseling, he may call The United Way toll free # 211 (Dial 2-1-1)to find the community mental health centers in his area in which he can get counseling even without health insurance.
In addition, stress
reduction and relaxation techniques such as yoga, swimming, biofeedback, acupuncture, meditation
and massage therapy may be helpful for him to reduce the severity of depression. Also, eating a healthy diet rich in Omega-3s – Cold water fish, walnuts, flaxseeds, salmon, halibut, shrimp and tofu etc. may be helpful to his brain health and affective regulation.
I hope your brother gets well with all available help and support.
Please let me know if you have more questions or I have overlooked any. Warm regards,
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