If someone you know is experiencing the above mentioned signs and effects of an alcohol addiction, then your support can be a great aid.
It is with your support that attaining recovery can become a priority for them and everything they love does not have to come last. When that happens, the afflicted person learns to persevere and be remembered for his/her recovery and not his/her addiction.
Here are ways of helping someone with an alcohol addiction:
- Understand the nuances of alcohol addiction by seeking guidance from published resources and qualified experts.
- Encourage them to be open about the challenges faced so that you can help them find alternates or solutions to the same.
- Tell them about the effects their habits are having on you/others so that they do not take you/others for granted.
- Convey to them that you are by their side always irrespective of how bad or good the situation may be.
- Convince them to join a support group or attend community meetings to learn from people facing similar battles.
- Spare time to take them to detox or therapy sessions whenever possible so that they do not feel alone or demotivated.
- Lead by example by making a no-drinking pact and rewarding each other for a sober lifestyle from time to time.
- Be forgiving and avoid blaming them for anything wrong happening in their life, even when the same is true.
- Avoid confronting them or getting into an argument with them when they are not sober.
- Remember to keep a tab on your physical or mental health while trying to help them.
- Refrain from drinking yourself to escape the stress or find an easy solution.
- Convince them to seek a second opinion from another qualified expert when no favorable results are visible.