Gail Saltz, MD: How to Help Someone with a Drinking Problem

Be assertive, supportive and seek outside help

The hardest part about helping someone -- especially a partner or spouse -- with an alcohol addiction is recognizing that a problem exists, and then confronting them about it. “If you think your significant other has a drinking problem,” says iVillage’s emotional health expert Dr. Gail Saltz, “they undoubtedly do.” Often we avoid the issue until it has evolved into something really serious because it is such a tough topic to bring up. According to Dr. Saltz, an assertive approach is the best way to help a partner or loved one.


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