Are you concerned about a loved one who has a problem with alcohol abuse? You may be wondering what you can do but concerned about doing the “wrong” thing and making the situation worse by pushing your loved one away.
Steps To Take If Someone You Love Has A Problem With Alcohol
Here are some steps you can take to encourage the person you care for to seek the help they need.
Talk To Other Family Members About The Situation
You’ll want to find out how others see the issue. If you are actually living with the individual who has a drinking problem, you will need support in the situation. Now is the time to stop trying to protect your loved one and to state directly what you know or have experienced around his or her drinking.
Make Sure That You And Other Family Members Are Safe
Consider whether there is any potential threat to your or other family member’s personal safety. If a threat exists, it’s important to have a safety plan in place that can be implemented quickly.
Get Help For Yourself
Seek counseling through your own employee assistance program, your doctor or a member of the clergy. Another option is to go to Al-Anon family meetings to get support from other people who are being by others’ drinking.
Discuss The Drinking Problem With Your Loved One
Waiting for your loved one to “hit rock bottom” is not a good idea. It only allows the drinking problem to get worse. Find a time when you can discuss the issue privately and you are not likely to be interrupted.
Make sure both of you are sober. Tell your loved one how much you care about them and what you have observed regarding the drinking. Stick only to the behavior, without attaching blame, getting personal or becoming angry. If your loved one says that the drinking is not an issue, and, “Everything is under control,” you need to back off immediately, even though this will be difficult. Say simply, that you will talk again another time.
Realistically, it may take several conversations before your loved one will be willing to admit that there is a problem with alcohol.
Seeking the services of a professional interventionist may also be beneficial.
Have An Alcohol Treatment Facility Lined Up
Keep repeating the same message, over and over. “We love you. We want you to get help.” When your loved one asks more about help or is ready to move forward, it’s a good idea to have a professional treatment facility like our alcohol rehab in Maryland lined up, that you can get your loved one into treatment as soon as possible.
Affordable Alcohol Addiction Treatment In Maryland
Maryland Recovery offers affordable alcohol addiction treatment through our unique partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient day treatment (with residential housing), extended care program and dual diagnosis treatment. All of our programs are customized to focus on your loved one’s individual needs and goals.
Contact us today to learn more about what we can offer a loved one who is living with alcohol addiction.
Dr. Bhalavat is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, and provides inpatient evaluation and consultation services at the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital, Maryland Recovery Partners, and Citizens Care & Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Bhalavat’s background includes treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, bipolar disorder, substance abuse and dementia.