Alcohol addiction can affect a whole family or a group of friends. Watching a loved one suffer from alcohol abuse can be frustrating and difficult. If you want to help a loved one get better and start alcohol addiction treatment, read our expert advice on how to offer your help.
Do your research
Before you speak to your family member or friend about their drinking, take some time to learn about alcohol abuse and alcohol treatment. Alcohol abuse can vary in severity. What might seem a simple social habit may have deeper issues and triggers below the surface. Read some of the free resources provided on trustworthy governmental websites such as the NIAAA to find out more.
Consider how to confront them
Let your friend or relative know you are available for help when they need it. Make it clear your concern comes from a place of love. Reframe from sounding judgemental by using positive statements, such as “I love you and your health is important to me. I’m concerned your drinking may be harming you. I want to help”.
Consider different types of response. At our alcohol rehab, we see those suffering from alcohol abuse may react with anger, others may feel hurt. Remember to stay calm and reassure your loved one that you care.
Be sure to pick the right time. Wait for a moment when your loved one is not upset, busy with other issues or has already been drinking. It is important that both of you are focused in a quiet and private environment to allow you to discuss the issue without interruptions.
Show them your support
Let your loved one know that you want to support them throughout their alcohol treatment and recovery. Be wary that you cannot make anyone do what they do not wish to. You can only provide help if they are willing to accept it.
Encourage your loved one to start an alcohol detox programme. Although many alcoholics claim to cut down on their drinking, professional alcohol addiction treatment can help your friend or relative set goals and stick to them, with experienced counsellors at hand to help.
Think about an intervention
You may find your friend or family member does not want to hear what you have to say. Many suffering from alcohol abuse are in denial about their drinking behaviour. As a loved one, you may be tempted into making threats or restricting finance to try and control their behaviour out of frustration. If this sounds familiar, contact our counselling team to learn more about alcohol interventions today.
The Providence Project in Bournemouth offers alcohol treatment and detox programmes at our private UK rehab. We provide expert counselling, including support for families, to help your loved ones with their addiction recovery. If you want to find out more, call our team today on 0800 955 09 45.