Good Healthcare Requires Treatment of Your Mind, Body, and Soul

Good Healthcare Requires Treatment of Your Mind, Body, and Soul

3 Ways To Help A Loved One Suffering From Alcohol Addiction

by Hugh Larson

Having a loved one that suffers from alcohol addiction can be absolutely heartbreaking. It can take such a heavy toll on so many different aspects of their life. It can also negatively affect the lives of their family members and friends. Fortunately, there are a wide variety of ways that you can help your loved one start on the path toward being clean and sober. 

1. Try an Alcohol Addiction Rehab Facility 

Alcohol addiction rehab facilities can often be extremely helpful to those who are currently battling alcoholism. Convincing your loved one to attend rehab might be much easier said than done. They may be very reluctant to give it a try and might even flat-out refuse. If you think it is very likely that your loved one will refuse treatment, this is when staging an intervention can sometimes make all the difference. The interventionist who is often an addiction counselor has dealt with this situation many times. They will know exactly what to say to help alleviate whatever concerns are making your loved one resistant to treatment. 

2. Stop Enabling Them 

If you have been helping your loved one in any way to obtain alcohol, you must put a stop to it immediately. The last thing you want to do is make it easier for them to stay stocked up on alcohol. If they ask you to go pick up more beer or whatever their alcohol of choice is, just say no. They may get upset or even angry. Be gentle yet firm and tell them you love them far too much to just sit back and watch them drink themselves to death. Let them know that you will no longer be enabling them to drink alcohol in any way, shape, or form. 

3. Eliminate or Reduce Stress 

If and when your loved one manages to get clean, they can easily fall back into old bad habits like drinking too much alcohol again if life gets really stressful. Part of the solution to that is for them to learn new and healthy coping techniques which attending a rehab facility is great for. However, another thing that can make a big difference is to eliminate or at least reduce stress in their life as much as possible. Try to have an open and honest conversation with them about what their biggest stressors currently are. Do your best to help them come up with solutions to combat all of those stressful things. 

Watching a loved one who is dealing with alcohol addiction can truly be very difficult and overwhelming. You may be feeling like you are on an emotional rollercoaster with some highs but often far too many lows. Luckily, trying just one or more of these tips should go a long way towards helping your loved one overcome their alcohol addiction. 

Reach out to an alcohol addiction rehab facility for more advice. 


About Me

Good Healthcare Requires Treatment of Your Mind, Body, and Soul

I have worked in a supportive role in the medical industry for over 20 years, and I have been amazed at the advances in medicine that have been made. While it is always great to hear about a new medication that helps cure a disease or a new surgical procedure that can help someone live a normal life again after an injury, I have been especially amazed at the research that has shown just how much our physical and mental health are connected. Since I keep on top of all of the amazing medical studies being performed and I know others are too busy to hunt them down themselves, I decided to start a blog to share my favorite health tips for keeping both your mind and body healthy.