If you are thinking about getting someone you love into a treatment program for alcoholism, the situation has escalated well past the point where you are thinking that he or she is someone who is a social drinker who gets out of control on occasion. Your loved one is an addict who needs more help than you can provide to get well.
You and your family have no doubt already tried to help the situation. Before families get to the point where they are asking for the help of alcohol intervention programs, they have done things in the guise of helping their addicted relative that have only ended up helping to keep the addiction going. The enabling behavior is done with the best of intentions, but it doesn’t give you the result you are looking for: the addiction is still there.
3 Types of Enabling Alcohol Addiction Behaviors
Think back over the last few (or several) years in your relationship with your addicted loved one. How many of these enabling behaviors do you recognize? You or your family members may have tried one or all of them at various times out of love, fear of consequences, guilt, shame, or another reason.
You deny that there is a problem or try to fix it. Your loved one has just “had too much to drink” one night or “gone on a bender.” By discounting the issue or trying to limit the amount of alcohol in your home, you are trying to rescue your loved one.
2. One (More) Last Chance
Giving one more chance and hoping the other person will change doesn’t work. Someone who is an alcoholic can’t stop without help, no matter what promises they make to you when they are sober. If you are going to issue an ultimatum to an addicted person, you need to make it stick.
3. Joining in the Addictive Behavior
Some people take the “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” approach to dealing with someone who is an alcoholic. They don’t want to see their loved one drinking alone, and they think providing the alcohol and keeping the person at home is a safer alternative to letting them go out to drink. If you think you can keep the addiction under control in this way, you are mistaken.
Get Professional Addiction Intervention Help Now
No matter how long your loved one has been abusing alcohol or what your family has been doing to try to cope with the situation, it’s not too late to change things. Contact Family First Intervention to get help from caring professionals who can guide you through the process of holding an alcohol intervention to get your loved one into treatment. You’ll also learn how to get your life back so that you are no longer feeding this disease. Call today to speak with an intervention counselor.