Being an alcoholic is a big problem. It’s a major concern not just for the person suffering from it but for his/her family as well. They are affected by his behaviour and the disruptive things that he does. That’s why if you have someone in your family, or maybe a friend who is an alcoholic then you should make an effort in order to help that person to get over that condition.
Overcoming alcoholism is not an easy thing to do. A person becomes an alcoholic for some deep reason and you can’t just go over that reason and stop the craving for drink. After some time the body also becomes dependent on alcohol and it starts to crave for it physically. Stopping alcohol intake abruptly can lead to some serious symptoms and might even cause death.
So helping out an alcoholic should be a slow and gradual process and you should know how to do it in the right way or you can cause more harm than good.
Recognizing the Problem
If you really want to help your friend or your family member, the first thing that you have to do is to recognize the problem for what it really is. Stop trying to pretend that it is just a simple drinking problem. Don’t wait for more serious signs that it really is an alcohol addiction.
You have to make the person who is suffering from alcoholism realize that they have a problem. Alcoholics will rarely do that and even when they do, a lot of damage might have been done already. You have to make them realize that there is really a problem and that can only be done by talking to them and confronting them with the situation. The best way to do this is to get support from other family members and friends. Find someone who is respected the most by the one with the problem so they would really listen.
Not When They’re Drinking
Just like with many other things in life, timing is the key when you want to talk to an alcoholic. You should never talk to them while they are drinking or when they are stressed out. If you do so, chances are that they would not pay attention to what you have to say. Find a time when they are relaxed and when they’re stress free.
Give Them a Chance
If this is the first time that you have confronted the person about their problem, then give them a chance to correct it on their own. Chances are small that they can stop on their own but you should give them that chance. If you don’t then they would feel powerless and they feel like they were trapped.
When they approach for your help, you should be ready to provide that. You should seek the opinions of experts to see to it that you can provide the most adequate and appropriate assistance. Not all cases of alcoholism are alike so you should be mindful of that.