Alcoholism is among the top health problems affecting our nation. While many battle with it internally for years, it rarely remains a personal fight. Fathers, mothers, siblings, spouses and children are all affected by alcohol abuse. Children often suffer the most. So what do you do when alcohol becomes a family problem?
Provide Alcohol Education
It is most difficult to cope with a problem when you don’t understand it. In order to help your loved one with an alcohol problem, it is essential that you learn as much as you can about it. Do not listen to hearsay or try to follow your instinct. Get the facts. Learn the signs of alcoholism, how they affect the user, and the various ways an alcoholic will react to intervention. This will help you avoid desperate measures such as yelling matches, preaching and acting like a martyr. You and your loved one can get through this if you follow successful actions that have been applied to alcoholism for years. Above all, do not forget that your loved one is still there, grappling with the weight of addiction. No matter how vicious or apathetic he behaves, he does need your help and your steady hope. Do not allow his addiction to become him and allow you to forget who he really is.
Find Out How to Help Stop Alcohol Abuse
There are many options for alcohol treatment out there: treatment centers, counseling, support groups, help from a local church, and more. It is ultimately up to your loved one whether he actually wants to seek help for his problem, but you can do things to make his decision more appealing. One of the most helpful things you can do is seek help yourself; this will encourage him to do the same.
If You Have a Problem Get Help For Yourself
Remember that your loved one’s struggle with alcohol is a family issue. He is not the only one who will need help. It is important that you find the support you need to get through this, whether through a friend, other family member, or support group. Your loved one may or may not decide to get help; but you can continue to better yourself through education and realizing that you are not alone and that you are not responsible for your loved one’s condition.
Consider an Alcohol Intervention
If you have done everything you can think of and your family member has still dug his heels in on his addiction, you may want to consider a professional intervention. This is a process whereby an addiction expert gets involved to help an addict get proper treatment. This may involve a direct confrontation, in which the interventionist has a meeting with the addict, or it may involve work with the family to help them find ways to be more effective with the family member. Either way, many Narconon experts recommend that a professional intervention can be a powerful tool in convincing the addict to accept treatment.
Be Patient But Don’t Stop Trying To Overcome Alcoholism
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence says that recovery from addiction is not an overnight affair. Addiction is a ruthless, merciless condition that may take months or years to get over. Even when treatment is complete, an addict may relapse, creating confusion and conflict in the family. It is important that every family member understands and is prepared for such occurrences and knows what they can do in such a case. Past resentment and upsets and “look-what-you-did-to-me”s should be avoided. Above all, make sure the focus is on recovery and that you do not lose hope. Millions of Americans have recovered from alcoholism and now live healthy, drug-free lives.