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Should I encourage AA and or counseling? If yes, do you have any advise on how to encourage AA or counseling? And/or general advise for a person in my role to him at this time... he is a great person with some addictions that hinder enjoyment of life to the fullest, his physical and mental health (to a degree).
He does seem to be in denial about many of his problems (not that he has them, but more that he needs help to fix them). For example he has told me probably 20 times in 2 1/2 years that he should go to AA, He says drinking ruined his marriage, etc. When I mentioned the counselor or AA idea while he is away from family, drinking buddies, distractions, etc. he said "I've been to enough counseling to know what I need to do. It's all about me. I just need to do it." I know he has some things stacked in his favor in his present situation (new town, good job, new start, etc.), but how likely is it that a person can recover without support?
Thank you for your insight.