During a recent family intervention, a father whose drinking had steadily increased over the course of two decades, was confronted by his wife and children on the issue of his slow decent into alcoholism. The intervention was successful, and the man agreed to stop drinking, but incredibly, when questioned after the intervention, he said, “I never knew my drinking bothered anyone.”
Certainly, this man, as well as countless others who struggle with alcoholism, lacked awareness of how alcoholism affects so many lives. Because of similar circumstances and the real need for the realization of addiction problems and for treatment, reducing the stigma associated with alcoholism and educating the public and your loved ones on addiction and recovery is vital.
Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease that affects approximately one in 12 Americans. However, millions are living in recovery thanks in large part to increased education and improved treatment options.
Do You Know Someone Who Is Struggling With Alcoholism?
Most likely you have a friend, colleague or loved one who suffers from an addiction to alcohol, whether you realize it or not. Often, these individuals are functioning and/or are in denial about the depth of their problem and are reluctant to seek help or even to talk about it.
The first step in them getting help may be for you to initiate a conversation about the topic of alcohol. This doesn’t need to be a confrontation. In fact, you may find that you have opened the door for this person to express their feelings and their desire to seek recovery. This provides an opportunity to bring awareness of the dangers of alcohol to others and to encourage recovery. With greater knowledge, more people can obtain the help they need.
Initiating An Intervention
Of course, not everyone is eager to embrace sobriety. For some, friends and loved ones may need to provide the initial motivation to start the journey of recovery. When this is the case, a formal intervention can help by presenting the negative implications of the disease. An intervention is a planned process that can be best carried out by friends and family, with the assistance of a healthcare professional or an intervention specialist.
Getting Help For A Loved One
Do you need help organizing an intervention that will give your loved one the best chance of embracing recovery? Call the experts at Family First Intervention today!