How to help your loved one who is addicted to alcohol?

How to help your loved one who is addicted to alcohol?

Once a family member or friend notices that their loved one may be addicted to alcohol, it’s time to help them with their alcohol problem. The next task is to realize that you are most likely dealing with an alcohol use disorder and people with alcohol use disorders need professional help to treat their disorder. Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment Programs are equipped with the ability to eliminate alcohol from the individual’s body through a process called detox. Detox is a medical procedure that will help remove the alcohol from the individual’s body. The focus of detox is to help the individual with an alcohol use disorder deal with any associated withdrawal symptoms.

During the detox & stabilization phase of medical detox, an individual will be diagnosed by a medical doctor to determine the range of severity of the alcohol use disorder. This will help in deciding which course of treatment should be recommended. Some of the alcohol-related disorder are listed below.

Alcohol-Related Disorders

  • Alcohol Use Disorder
  • Alcohol Intoxication
  • Alcohol Withdrawal
  • Other Alcohol-Induced Disorders
  • Unspecified Alcohol-Related Disorder

Types of Alcohol Use Disorder Severity

  • Mild
  • Moderate
  • Severe

Depending on the severity level of the alcohol use disorder will determine the appropriate recommended treatment for an alcohol use disorder. The types of treatments are listed below and determined by the diagnosis.

Types of Treatment Programs

Call an Alcohol Rehab Program

To learn more about an alcohol rehab program and how they can help you or your loved one you can contact an alcohol use disorder treatment program and discuss with their admissions department the problem that you are noticing. This is a free call, and they will help you learn about the problem and the solution. Once you have contacted the admission department of an alcohol rehab program, you will have a better idea about how to approach your loved one with an alcohol use disorder. It is important to learn all you can about alcohol-related problems. Most alcohol use disorder treatment programs offer a family program to help the family while the individual with alcohol use disorder is in treatment. This helps to heal the entire family.

What do I do if my loved one will not enter an alcohol rehab program?

If this happens to you, then contact the admission department at the alcohol rehab program and request help from a professional interventionist. Some treatment programs have interventionist that works for the rehab program that will assist you in the intervention process. Others may recommend private, professional interventionist that they refer people to for interventions. The intervention process is very effective in motivating people to enter treatment.

Tips to encourage a person to enter an alcohol treatment program

Plan time to discuss your concerns with your loved one, preferably when they are not drinking or in between drinking episodes if possible. Be open and honest in your discussion with your loved one about the problem that you are noticing and ask them to get help for their alcohol problem.

  • Always be genuine and speak from your heart while sharing your concerns with your loved one
  • Stay compassionate and express your love to your loved one during the discussion
  • Make it clear you love them and want to see them get help
  • Be clear about the problem and only share facts that you have observed
  • Keep things truthful and to the point
  • Explain to your loved one that you want to see them go to treatment
  • Stay away from making judgments or blaming

 What is alcohol use disorder intervention?

The alcohol intervention is a process designed to intervene on a person who is currently drinking alcohol and does not seem to want to stop their drinking. The intervention process is an effective motivational tool to intervene and get a person to seek treatment. The most effective interventions are performed by a professional interventionist. These interventions are structured and planned out in advance with mock practice interventions before the real intervention.

It does not hurt to ask your loved one to enter a rehab program, and sometimes they are just waiting for someone to encourage them to get help. If you are noticing that your loved one is addicted to alcohol, then encouraging them to enter an alcohol rehab is an important first step in stopping their addiction to alcohol. Family members or friends are often the best people to encourage a loved one to enter an alcohol rehab program.

Do you need assistance now?

If you would like to discuss alcohol use disorder treatment programs, interventions or schedule an admission into an alcohol rehab program, you can contact Summer Sky Treatment Center for immediate assistance. We can be reached by calling 1-888-857-8857 24-hours a day 7-days a week.

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