Mo, we are very glad to help. Perhaps you could tell him that there's a possibility he might need a transplant, and about
their AA requirement of 6 mos....so he may as well get started "just in case." I've been sober for 22 1/2 years, thanks to AA. He doesn't have to speak if he doesn't want to...just listen. If he is asked to introduce himself, he can just give his first name but doesn't have to say he's an alcoholic...or he could even say he'd rather not give his name. It's up to him. At least half the alcoholics in there are in denial and the other half think they can learn to drink successfully (no way.) There are different types of meetings: Discussion meetings, Big Book Studies, Step Meetings in which one person gives their interpretation of the steps over about
10 weeks and everybody just listens at those...though they're usually just once a week and the transplant office may want him going more often than that. I was told that if you drank every day you need to go to a meeting every day...not easy to do. I went about
5 x a week for the first 5 years or so. Anyway, much luck in getting him there and if you need to know anything more about
AA, you can e-mail me (the address is in my profile.)
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