The 3 Best ways to help an alcoholic

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It’s very hard for families living with an alcoholic. You want to help your loved one so badly yet they just don’t seem interested at all.

Where do you start?

First and foremost, you have to understand that very few alcoholics will acknowledge to having a drinking problem. It’s just the nature of addiction.

Secondly, if you’re hoping for that revelation to happen where your loved one will finally decide that they need help, you could be waiting for a very long time. In fact, when it does arrive, it could be too late!

Thirdly, one of the most common myths about addiction is the belief that you can’t force an alcoholic into treatment unless they are willing to go but the truth is that you can!

Time after time it’s been proven that forcing someone into alcohol treatment will have no effect on whether it will be a success or not.

In this article, we’re going to tell you what the 3 best ways to help an alcoholic are and also, how you can find alcohol treatment near you.

Educate Yourself

One of the best things that you can do to help an alcoholic is to become clued up about alcoholism.

Find out what causes it, what the signs and symptoms are and what the consequences will be should the addiction be allowed to continue. For more information about alcoholism, click here:

Confront the Alcoholic (Care-Frontation)

Before we go any further, by confronting the alcoholic I don’t mean approaching your loved one in a physical or aggressive manner – that’s just going to make the situation worse.

Confront the alcoholic in a calm way by explaining to them that their drinking has gotten out of hand and the only way out is to get professional addiction help.

One of the best and safest ways to do this is by hosting an intervention, which is a gathering of all those closest to the alcoholic in a bid to convince them that they need to get into an alcohol rehabilitation centre.

For more information about interventions, click here:

Get Professional Help

Your loved one may tell you that they will try and quit on their own, but for those addicted to alcohol, this can be extremely dangerous mainly because of the withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting ‘cold turkey’.

Depending on the nature and severity of your loved one’s addiction, the withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to more severe, in fact, they can even be life threatening!

The best way to treat alcohol addiction is to get professional help inside an addiction treatment centre, where your loved one will receive 24 hour medical care, counselling, therapy and education.

The length of alcohol treatment will again, be determined by the nature and severity of your loved one’s alcoholism, however other factors such as finances also play a role in it. There is however a minimum requirement for all alcoholics to stay in rehab for at least 4 weeks.

We can provide you with immediate access into the best private alcoholic treatment centres in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Thailand. Call us now and let one of our qualified addiction counsellors provide you with free, expert and confidential advice.

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