Alcoholism is a disease that impacts the whole family, not just the individual who is suffering from an addiction to alcohol. It can impact the family finances, it can alter the dynamic in a family home, and it can affect the mental and physical health of the individual who is drinking. When a person becomes addicted to alcohol, they become unstable, the household can feel tense, and there is a sense of unpredictability that is uncomfortable for all involved.

It is perfectly normal that the people within the family will try to make excuses for the person, they will try to justify the issue, or they will try on their own to help stop or control the addiction. In this post, we outline the steps you can take to help someone who is dealing with alcoholism and talk in detail about what you can do to help an alcoholic.

What Can Be Done to Help an Alcoholic Stop Drinking?

If you have spotted the signs of alcohol addiction, you might be wondering exactly what you can do to help them see sense, and for them to get the help, they need to deal with their problems. If you are here today, then we are probably dealing with a friend, relative or even a spouse; for you to be looking at ways to help them with their addiction to alcohol, the disease is most likely having a detrimental effect on their lives, along with the people around them.

If the individual in question has already started to suffer, and they are having social, personal, working, or even legal issues, while this might seem like a logical point for them to accept they have a problem with an addiction to alcohol and get help; for many who are suffering from addiction to alcohol, these impacts may not be enough to warrant any action on their part.

As someone who is trying to understand alcoholism, and ultimately help provide support for a loved one who is dealing with alcohol addiction; it is essential that you understand that they are physiologically and psychologically addicted to alcohol and for this, they will need the help of qualified addiction specialists.

One of the first major hurdles you are going to have to help them overcome is admitting they have a problem with alcohol. Many who drink in excess will be in denial that there is any real issue, and this is considered to be part of the normal behavior of an alcoholic. Despite how obvious the issue is to you, and indeed other people who knew the individual before they started drinking, the person who is now dependant on alcohol will profoundly deny that there is even an issue. They will say that they want to drink, that they enjoy it, and that they are in control, being able to stop anytime they choose. Instead of being accountable for their actions, they will blame the people around them or the circumstances that they are in.

Until they can admit they have a problem, there is very little that anyone can do to help them.

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While it is absolutely correct that the person suffering from alcohol addiction needs to actively want to change, you do not have to simply sit back and watch them destroy their lives and the lives of those around them. There are a few ways you can attempt to intervene in the process.

  1. Continue to show your concern, don’t give up, keep trying.
  2. Present them with ideas or ways to help them tackle their underlying issues
  3. Make sure they understand the full consequences of their continued alcohol abuse

Learning More About Alcoholism

If you are close to someone, who needs help with alcoholism, learning more about alcoholism is a great first step. Not only will this help you to understand the way they are behaving, but it will also enable you to move past any blame that you may or may not place on them right now. While they will need to ultimately be accountable for their actions before they can start to recover, it is essential for you to understand that alcoholism is a chronic disease which is usually triggered by life circumstances or genes, and it has widely understood symptoms.

Above all else, becoming informed and learning about alcohol addiction will help you to appreciate that your loved one is sick, they are suffering, and they are not trying to intentionally hurt anyone they may love or who is close to them.

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As a loved one of someone dealing with alcoholism, you can join online communities or attend meetings to learn more about the psychological and emotional impact that the disease of alcoholism has on those who live or care for someone who is an alcoholic. You will be shown how to detach yourself from their problems and get access to a whole realm of useful information that can help you work towards getting the right support and professional help for someone with an addiction to alcohol.

Is There A Right Way to Confront Someone About Their Problems with Alcohol?

If you are trying to find the right way to talk with someone about alcohol abuse, it can be a tricky line to tread. The very first thing you need to do, whether you have raised the subject before or not; is to plan what you are going to say.

Make sure you choose a time to talk with them when they are sober. You will also need to be cool, calm, and collected. If you raise the subject during a heated discussion or whether either one of you is not feeling emotionally stable, it will most likely lead to an uncontrolled release of emotions which would not give you the best outcome. You also need to approach the conversation carefully so that they do not feel attacked or criticized in any way.

If this is your first planned discussion or the first time you have spoken with them when they are sober, you need to ensure that you adequately portray how much you care about them. Be honest but be genuine about why you are worried for them. You might touch upon how their actions could be impacted by their drinking, such as your relationship, any children, their work or anything else that may be suffering as a result of their drinking habit.

Make it clear that you want to help them unconditionally, do not make accusations and do not make any threats. Tell them you want them to get some professional help for them and possibly suggest a treatment session with a professional addiction coach. You might even want to offer to support them with unburdening them of some of their daily or regular obligations while they are on the road to recovering from their problems with alcohol addiction.

As a final note, you need to be prepared for their response. They will likely pushback and refuse or deny that they have an issue with alcohol. They might even tell you that they are in control and that they are able to stop drinking without professional assistance.

While this approach will rarely work or provide them with the tools they need to stop drinking alcohol permanently, you could suggest a timeframe for them to work towards and offer your support unconditionally. If this doesn’t work or they relapse, you will need to consider raising the topic again.

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What if your first attempt at helping them overcome alcoholism fails?

If your initial attempt fails, which is absolutely in keeping with how difficult it can be to overcome alcoholism, then the next step you might wish to consider is an intervention.

Working with a professional addiction coach or professional at this stage is also a great idea. If you can get the individual who is afflicted with alcoholism to join you at an appointment, this would be the ideal situation, and if not, you can simply make an appointment and go yourself. Doing this and getting professional advice from an addiction coach can help you to plan and refine your strategy for intervention.

When done correctly, an intervention may include friends or family members that the individual trusts. It can involve presenting them with a range of options that could include treatment facilities, alcohol addiction programs, or alcohol addiction coaching. Alongside this, you will need to outline the consequences of their persisted drinking.

As severe as it may seem, when you present someone with the reality of what could happen, such as having their child visitation rights removed, asking them to leave the family home, refusing to pick up their financial obligations, or anything else that is relevant; this could have the desired effect, and cause them to truly sit back and evaluate how their continued alcoholism could have the potential to ruin their life as they know it to be.

If you continue to remove the consequences of their drinking, they will not truly feel the impact that their drinking is having on their life and the lives of those around them.

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