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He is 49 yrs old and has been drinking since he was a teenager (14/15). He will drink 24/7 until he needs to go to the hospital emergency because he is dehydrated and has the shakes. He has reached the point where he will acknowled that he has a problem and he will stop drinking for a short period after the hospital visit but he cannot quit for any length of time. He has the gout and problems with his joints in his feet, ankles, knees and hands when the gout flares up. He is depressed and has become very inactive. He also has a problem with anger when he is drinking. Wine seems to bring out the anger more than any other type of alcoholic beverage. He has been in detox and will sometimes go to an AA meeting after his trip to the ER. He cannot control his craving and I am searching for something to help him since detox does not work for him. The Last Chance Program sounds like something that would work but I cannot find enough info to make me want to invest $800.
Dr. Chip, I am sorry I do not accept this answer because I do not feel that you have told me anything that I did not already know. As it should be obvious considering the age of my son and the length of time he has been drinking I have read extensively and talked to everyone I can in an effort to help him stay sober. Yes, I know that I cannot do it for him and he has to want this enough to fight for it but I am still looking for ways to help him if possible. He does want to quit drinking but his ability to fight the craving is just not as strong as it needs to be. Based on the stats regarding the success rate of AA he is not the only who is unsuccessful with their method of solving this problem and I am not the only person who is trying to find a way to help a loved one conquer their problem. If you checked The Last Chance Program site and read the info on Charlotte Biz regarding this program you would have noticed that their theory is for the diet supplement to change the brain cells, which is being done with some medications for other problems, and remove the craving for alcohol from the brain. Thank you for trying to help.