How to Help an Alcoholic
Living with an alcoholic can be a frightening, intimidating experience. Many alcoholics become argumentative and aggressive when they drink. Fights or arguments often break out between the alcoholic and non-drinking people or worse yet, multiple drinkers. For you to get the result of an enjoyable life for yourself and the alcoholic, that alcoholic in your life will need to receive the help of an effective rehabilitation service.
If you are wondering if you have the right to live in a safe, sober environment, the answer is yes. You are strong enough to look for help, and safety and sobriety are what you deserve. You have found Narconon, an organization dedicated to helping people like you who want to see an end to the alcohol or drug abuse of a loved one. You have found a place that does not agree that an alcoholic will always be an alcoholic. In forty-five years, we have seen that people given the right help do recover from addiction and lead sober, productive lives thereafter.
You are trying to find out how to help an alcoholic. Here's our advice based on forty-five years of experience.
Realize that it is not your fault.
Many alcoholics will escape their own responsibilities by turning the blame on whoever is close by. They may especially target those who are trying to help them. They may claim that the people who want them to stop drinking don't understand, aren't supportive, have bad habits of their own, or they may just be abusive without any apparent logic to it. If the person who wants the drinking to stop is too intimidated or overwhelmed to be continue their efforts, then there will be no obstacle to the drinking.
Realize that the person is not in control, the addiction to alcohol is.
When he decides to drink until the bottles are empty, when she decides to not come home, when he uses up all his money for alcohol, when she passes out on someone's floor, it's not that the person you care about is making those decisions. You might as well consider that the addiction to alcohol is making the decision. The person has lost the ability to control the habit. Do your very best not to take it personally.
Realize that the solution is an effective alcohol rehab program, not everlasting patience.
It may seem like if you are just patient and give the person plenty of chances, they will come around. This is so seldom the way it goes that you can safely assume that only an effective rehabilitation program will bring about the result you want.
Short-term rehabilitation programs are not the solution.
According to the US National Institute on Drug Abuse, a program of 90 days or longer is necessary to give an addicted person a chance to repair the damage from addiction and build the foundation of a new, alcohol abuse-free life.
More drugs - given as treatment in an alcoholism recovery program - are never going to create sobriety.
Some rehab programs do not have an effective way of reducing or eliminating cravings for alcohol and do not know how to help a person put together that new, sober foundation for a new life. Narconon programs accomplish these results every day in more than fifty locations around the world.
Cravings yield to the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program, a sauna-based action that also utilizes moderate daily exercise with nutritional supplements to activate the body's own ability to detoxify. As a person progresses through this process, cravings reduce and foggy thinking is clarified. Many people even say their cravings are gone when they complete this phase of their recovery.
This result is followed by each person polishing up their perceptions and ability to communicate clearly once again, restoring their personal integrity and self esteem and much more. The final result is a person who has the skills and the desire to create a productive, enjoyable life.
Find help at Narconon.
Narconon is here to help you. Our ultimate goal is a drug and alcohol abuse-free world and we do this by helping people like you who are struggling with an addiction problem. Every day, we talk to hundreds of people around the world and help them understand source of the problems they are up against. Some families need a drug interventionist who will come out to the home and help bring the addicted person in for rehab. Get all your questions answered about how Narconon can help restore the brightness and joy to your home by subtracting the addiction problem that's there now. To get help now, call: 1-800-775-8750.