Reign: If you don't have any way to go home even for a little while, you can try to video call your family. Maybe go to an internet cafe or just somewhere where there's stable wifi so you can at least see them while you're talking. I advice you not to do it too much though. The more you get attached, the more you'll feel homesick. Spend more time with friends because they can help you get through it. Love the new environment you're in and try to enjoy being on your own. Also if you're not living abroad, take advantage of long weekends and whatnot, save up some money to try to visit home.
Anna: I'm sorry but since there isn't a possible way for you to go home all the time, well without spending a good amount of money that is, then you just have to call/Skype them. If they don't have a Skype account, or Facebook videocall, or stable internet, then a normal telephone call or texting would be your final options. It's sad, yes, but this is all for the sake of your education. You have to sacrifice some things, right? Please talk to your parents soon about this because it's already affecting your study habits and social life here. You have to know that your family would want nothing more than for you to be happy in the environment you're currently in and continue keeping up good grades. The next time your friends invite you to hang out and you still feel homesick, remind yourself that you're doing this, not just for your family but also for yourself.
My dad's an alcoholic and it's really taking a toll on my family. Me and my siblings want to help him but how?
Reign: An intervention could work. Make your dad realize that his addiction is affecting the whole family and that he should try to stop. I encourage you to make him sign up for Alcoholics Anonymous as well (yes, there's an AA group in the Philippines).
Anna: This is a very serious issue because your dad could get violent and this could result in even more drastic effects. You have to talk to him sober. If you only ever see him drunk, then I guess you have to sacrifice some of your time to talk to him. Don't suddenly take away his alcohol from him because that's a sign of distrust. You don't want to be seen as the enemy. Get more family members to talk to him too. If he's too stubborn, as Reign said, bring him to an Alcoholic Anonymous meeting.
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