What to Do If a Loved One Has an Alcohol Problem

If you suspect that someone you love is suffering from an alcohol problem, then you will no doubt be wondering if anything can be done to help. Most family members and friends automatically assume that they can solve the problem by talking to or reasoning with the person affected. However, in many cases, an alcoholic will not even believe that he or she actually has a problem. Some will suspect that they do but will not want to admit it, possibly becoming defensive and aggressive with anyone who suggests they do.

Before you confront a person about an alcohol problem, it is important to learn as much about it as you can. Many people drink too much alcohol when they go out, but that does not mean they have an alcohol addiction. Alcoholism is a physical dependence that affects an individual’s quality of life. Those who suffer from this addiction may begin to neglect other areas of their life and may experience withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop drinking.

How to Help

Addiction carries a certain amount of stigma, and many people are embarrassed to admit that a loved one has a problem. They will not want others to know and, because of that, may try to hide it. It is often easier to bury your head in the sand than to admit there is a problem and to deal with it. Nevertheless, as long as family members continue to do this, the alcoholic will just get worse and become more dependent.

It is important to address the issue with the alcoholic, no matter how much he or she protests. Nonetheless, try not to become angry, as this can be counterproductive. Explain your worries, and reassure them that you will be there to help, in any reasonable way that you can.

Speak to Other Family Members

Spouses of alcoholics often try to deal with the problem alone but this can but immense pressure on the relationship. The person with the problem may become aggressive and angry while under the influence of alcohol and, in many cases, the relationship will break down.

If you are dealing with a loved one’s alcohol addiction, it is better to speak to other family members and friends. Sharing the burden can help and may make the alcoholic more agreeable to accepting that he or she does indeed have a problem.

Staging an intervention, at which a group of loved ones sit down with the alcoholic to express their concerns, can be very effective. However, when asking other family members to help, it is important to make sure that you only speak to those who the alcoholic trusts. Do not talk to someone with whom the alcoholic has any personal issues. It may be useful to enlist the help of a professional intervention expert.

Do Your Research

If you do intend to stage an intervention, make sure you have fully researched a number of treatment options that you can provide the alcoholic with. Being able to follow through with a recovery programme immediately after a successful intervention is vital. If you manage to get through to the alcoholic during the intervention, this is the ideal time to get him or her to accept help. If you do not have a recovery plan ready there and then, the alcoholic will have time to go back on his or her commitment to get help.

For help on the various treatments available for those suffering with alcoholism, contact Addiction Helper. We help many families of addicts by providing free addiction advice, support, and information on where they can access treatments.

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