1. Who Needs Alcohol Addiction Treatment?
Alcoholism is generally regarded as a family disease. An active alcoholic’s antics can negatively impact family, as well as many other people in his or her life. The question of who needs alcohol addiction treatment is often hotly debated by spouses, family members and close friends while the alcoholic remains disconnected and aloof. Because denial is a core element of the disease of alcoholism, the afflicted person rarely comes forward to admit the havoc their addiction is wreaking on those around them. In fact, it usually takes a crisis or extraordinary circumstances for an alcoholic to open their eyes, get honest with themselves and recognize the damage the disease is doing in their own life.
For spouses, family members and close friends who are not familiar with the disease of alcoholism, dealing with an alcoholic can be a baffling and frustrating experience. There are so many obvious red flags flying. Yet, the alcoholic remains oblivious to it all. At a certain point, it may seem obvious that some form of intervention is needed. But, family members want to be sure that they are doing the right thing. What should you consider if you are dealing with an alcoholic who needs an intervention and treatment?
2. Has The Individual Become Physically Dependent On Alcohol?
If an individual experiences negative symptoms when they stop using alcohol, they have developed a physical dependence that requires a period of detoxification. Symptoms can include irritability, nausea, tremors and headaches, and can range from mild to life-threatening. Because these symptoms are not predictable, anyone who has a physical dependence on alcohol should be encouraged to enter a professional detoxification program.
3. Does This Person Suffer From Blackouts Or Memory Loss Due To Their Drinking?
Many recovering alcoholics report entire periods of time during heavy drinking that are completely gone from their memory. Those in recovery often share stories of not having any recollection of major events in their lives, such as weddings, class reunions and company parties because of their alcohol usage. Because of this, alcoholics often live in fear as to what they may have done during blackouts. If your loved one has experienced blackouts or memory loss due to excessive drinking, this is a key indicator that help is needed.
4. Are These Red Flags Happening?
Other Indicators That Help Is Needed
When should you seek treatment or an intervention for an alcoholic? Along with the two previous indicators, the following are also serious red flags that it’s time to suggest treatment.
- Finding excuses or reasons to drink
- Drinking longer than intended
- Losing control
- Negative impact on career or school
- Financial or legal ramifications
- Health problems
Don’t Wait Another Day!
Alcoholism is a progressive disease that never gets better on its own and can be fatal. This is why it’s essential to be proactive with helping the person in your life who is struggling with alcohol abuse. Call Family First Intervention now to discuss the benefits of a professional intervention.