I’m new here, but I’m dating someone who has been diagnosed as Schizoaffective. We’ve been together for a few years now, but I’m concerned about their drinking habits (have been for awhile). They rely on drinking to cope with anxiety, depression, paranoia, etc., and they drink almost every night. They never get drunk, but I assume it’s because they’ve built up a tolerance. I’m trying to get them to stop drinking, but it’s the only coping skill they have. They refuse to acknowledge that it’s as big of an issue as it is, and any time we discuss it they get unbearably angry. They’ve been told by numerous doctors that they have to stop drinking because of it’s impact on their mental health (it exacerbates the symptoms of schizoaffective), but they’re not adjusting as quickly as they need to.
I’m wondering if other people have faced similar difficulties? How have you dealt with supporting someone who drinks too much?