One of my best friends is having a hard time dealing with an alcoholic mother.
She has only recently started branching out and talking about her mother while her father does his best to sweep his wife's alcoholism under the carpet and is therefore ignorant of my friend's fear. My friend has started sneaking out to AA meetings, but is still very afraid.
I want do to all that I can to help her, but I feel like I'm only providing common phrases such as "take it one step at a time" that don't actually offer any comfort or practical advice. I also resort to awkwardly changing the subject to lighter and immature themes. I don't know how else to help her, and I feel inadequate because I feel that I should be able to help her more.
Please help me help my friend. I know that Rome wasn't built in a day, but I want to do anything and everything that I can to help her cope.