How to Help an Alcoholic

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”HOW TO HELP AN ALCOHOLIC” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Alcoholism is a debilitating dependence on alcohol that causes problems in the lives of the alcoholic, their family, and friends. Helping an alcoholic is a difficult and emotional undertaking, but it can mean the difference between their success or failure in quitting.


There are basic steps to take when helping an alcoholic overcome their addiction. Understanding and using these steps will provide the best chance of success in helping a loved one.

  1. Get Support. Gather friends or family that can remain calm when addressing this issue. If there is a person the alcoholic respects, ask them to sit in with you and share their concerns for the alcoholic, as well.
  2. Choose the Right Time. Avoid addressing your concerns when the person has been drinking or is under stress. Early in the day is usually the best time to discuss your concerns with them.
  3. Do Not Make Accusations. Without being confrontational, speak to them about the damage their drinking has caused to themselves, their loved ones, and any other areas such as employment or housing. Be loving and avoid an aggressive approach, but do not back down from the facts.
  4. Set out goals that the alcoholic needs to commit to. If they have been drinking for a number of years, it will be nearly impossible for them to quit on their own. Set goals to get professional help, and have them commit. Do not let emotions control the conversation. If the alcoholic refuses to accept help, contact an intervention specialist and provide them with any assistance they require.
  5. Follow Through. After the conversation has ended, help them take the next step. Whether they have agreed to attend a support group or rehab facility, help them do so. Make arrangements immediately, and help them attend as soon as possible.
  6. Stay Informed. As the course of treatment continues, be aware of the progress made or of any relapses that occur. The road to recovery is often a long one, so be supportive.
  7. More Help. Don’t forget about yourself. This is a difficult process for everyone involved. There are plenty of support groups or counselors that can help you cope through this process, as well.

Helping an alcoholic can be difficult for everyone involved. If the alcoholic has agreed to treatment, though, that is the first step to their success, and putting forth the effort to help them in their recovery will be well worth the challenges you may face.


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