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How to Help an Alcoholic Family Member

Realizing that the "drinking problem" of family member is actually alcoholism is a vital step in helping solve the situation. You may have talked to them about their drinking problem, suggest they cut back, not go out to bars as often. Then you waited to see what happened. And hoped that they could stop on their own.

But alcoholism is a different matter.

When the person is out of control and cannot stop drinking, despite attempts to do so, it becomes obvious to you that the problem is really alcohol addiction. That is a problem that requires a professional help.

If someone you care about is addicted to alcohol, give us call today at 1-800-775-8750. We can help.

When is Time for a Alcohol Rehabilitation Program?

When a person is alcoholic, they are out of control of their drinking. When they have a glass of alcohol, they have to finish it. When there is a bottle of alcohol, it must be emptied. When a person is truly an alcoholic and they have already been given chances to stop on their own, then it is not time for more chances. It is time for an alcohol rehabilitation program.

Learn how Narconon can help someone overcome alcohol addiction.

How can family members help a person who is out of control of their drinking?

Stop hiding the problem. If you have been keeping it a secret, stop doing so. Tell other close family members, the family doctor, your minister or priest, others in a good position to provide real help and support. If everyone close to the scene or who can help knows about it, then the problem can be faced.

  • Assemble support. Plan to talk to the alcohol-addicted person with the family members they respect the most and also those who will be the calmest. Contact one of our counselors beforehand who will assist you through the process. They can also arrange to have a professional standing by to speak to the person once they realize they need help.

  • Don't try to talk to the person when he or she has been drinking or when they are highly stressed. Find a time when they are sober and as untroubled as possible. For most drinkers, this is early in the day.

  • As a calm, non-accusative team, confront the person with the damage being caused to the person, the family and other areas (job, business, finance, community, career) by the drinking. Be specific but as patient and uncritical as you can be. However, do not back down or sympathize.

  • The person may tell you that they can and will stop drinking on their own. They may truly believe this, but most often when someone has arrived to where they need intervention, they are not able to control their drinking or stop on their own.

  • If the person has already been given a chance to quit and has failed or admits that they can't quit on their own, then the next step is to get them to an alcohol rehab program. It is often a small window of time when they are willing to talk to someone about their addiction, so it is best to arrange beforehand for a counselor they can speak to at this time.

  • If these steps fail, the next step you should take is for an trained interventionist to meet with your loved one and get their agreement to seek treatment. Narconon centers have interventionists they work with who they can put you in contact with.

These steps all lead up to one thing: The arrival of the addicted person at an alcohol recovery program where they can take the steps needed to achieve lasting sobriety. Alcoholism cannot be treated at home. It is best treated at a facility where the addicted person cannot get their hands on alcohol, where they have 24-hour supervision and the time away to full recovery.

The Narconon Alcohol Recovery Program

On six continents, in dozens of locations around the world, the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program helps alcoholics recover a lasting sobriety. The Narconon program offers much more than just an environment where a person learns to discipline themselves to not drink. At a Narconon drug and alcohol recovery center, alcoholics have a chance to really handle the causes of their addiction.

Narconon centers have interventionists they work with to help bring in a person who needs alcohol rehab to save their life. Contact Narconon to find an interventionist who can help in your area.

Starting on the Road to Recovery

Recovery starts with remedying the poor nutritional state of most alcoholics. When a recovering person starts receiving calming minerals and vitamins to replace those destroyed by alcohol abuse, they start feeling healthier and even hopeful that recovery is possible.

Recovery then moves on to the next phase: Helping the addict flush out all the residual alcohol and drug toxins that become lodged in the fatty tissues of the body. Normal measures like eating well or just taking vitamins do not cause this type of detoxification. The Narconon New Life Detoxification Program is a precisely controlled program of nutrition including healthy oils, vitamins and minerals, plus exercise and a dry heat sauna. The synergistic effect of these factors creates an environment in which the body can flush old toxins that have been shown to be involved in triggering cravings.

When detoxification is complete, the former alcoholic normally feels he or she has taken a large step forward in their recovery. They normally feel younger, fresher and more alert.

With these improvements in hand, they can proceed with counseling and life skills training to restore the integrity and good sense that will keep them alcohol free for a lifetime.

Contact Narconon to find an alcohol rehabilitation center near you today.

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