How to get an alcoholic help (someone else)
Alcoholism is a form of addiction that can disrupt not only an individual’s life, but also the lives of family members and friends. Family members often undergo tremendous emotional and mental stress, financial hardship, loss of trust, and, in some cases, even abuse at the hands of someone who doesn’t seek help for their addiction.
If you find yourself in this sort of situation, please know that there is help available through private rehab clinics around the UK. Alcohol Help is here to match you up with those clinics. With just a phone call, e-mail, or a submission of our online contact form, we can assist you in getting your life back.
The basic steps for getting help for an alcoholic are:
- Learning Options – Research different treatment programs and recovery options before confronting someone with alcoholism, so that you can take immediate advantage of any decision to seek help.
- Intervention – Experts agree that conducting an intervention can be very powerful in motivating those with alcohol addiction to seek help. The intervention is designed to impress upon the individual that their destructive behaviour is harming family and friends as well as themself.
- Accountability – A successful intervention will result in a decision by the alcoholic to finally seek help. At that point, you should immediately spring into action to make sure the individual is enrolled in a treatment program AND to make sure he or she actually attends. If you choose a residential program, you need to get the individual to the facility and checked in.
Once a treatment program has finished, and the person in recovery returns home, this is the time in which aftercare is critically important. You may want to arrange aftercare while the individual is in treatment so that it is immediately available when that treatment has concluded.
Many of the rehab clinics we work with also provide resources for aftercare. You might want to discuss aftercare with caseworkers who can help you make arrangements or get you pointed in the right direction.
Intervention is the most difficult part for many families seeking to help loved ones suffering from alcoholism. Yet, it is also the most critical if someone has demonstrated through their behaviour, that they are no longer concerned about his or her own health or well-being. Addiction is unforgiving and can clutch onto even the most caring and sensible of people.
When you conduct an intervention, the point is to make the person aware that their behaviour is negatively affecting other people as well. This is sometimes the only thing that will get the person’s attention. If he or she knows that they are harming a spouse or children, that might be enough motivation to get help.
If someone you love is suffering from alcohol addiction, please do not wait another moment to contact Alcohol Help. Do not wait until that alcoholism destroys you and your family. When you do contact us, rest assured that you would be dealing with professionals who understand exactly what you are going through. Our staff are not here to judge; we are here to make sure you and your family get the help you need.