My son has suffered with mostly un-medicated and un-treated schizophrenia for over 6 years, and for the past year his consumption of alcohol has increased. If permitted, he will consume a six pack of beer per day.
My son receives disability benefits but I am the designated payee. I tried giving him his benefits in installments because he has great difficulty managing his expenses. If I give him more than $20 at a time, he will invariably spend it on beer. I am now with him whenever he needs to buy anything (groceries, restaurant meals, cigarettes, etc.), so I am giving him very little cash.
I really feel like I am infantilizing him by restricting his freedom of choice. But I have a great concern for his safety and well-being if his alcohol consumption is allowed to go unchecked.
How do other parents deal with situations like this?