How to Help Someone Stop Drinking

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When someone you love is showing signs of a drinking problem, it is understandable to feel everything from confusion and disappointment to anger and resentment. To see someone you love struggle with drinking can be bewildering. You may have tried to confront them about their drinking only to be met by denial. You may have tried to threaten them with various consequences, but still nothing changes. You feel like you are losing the person you love and all you want to do is get them to stop drinking.

You want to help but you don’t know how. It is important to understand that alcoholism is recognized as a medical illness. If someone you loved broke their arm, you wouldn’t try to fix it yourself. You would take them to a doctor. Yet it is not entirely uncommon for people to try to get a loved one to stop drinking and then feel like somehow they have failed when that person continues to drink. Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive illness that if left untreated can lead to stomach problems, liver disease, “wet brain” (a result of improper thiamine absorption from heavy, alcoholic drinking) and death.  It often requires medical intervention to properly treat.

However, that doesn’t mean there is nothing you can do to help someone stop drinking. Seeking out the help of a professional addictions expert is always recommended when you are dealing with someone with addiction issues. They have the knowledge and experience needed to handle what has the potential to be a volatile situation. Professional interventionists are experienced in the process of getting a person with drug and alcohol issues into treatment and can work with you to help your loved one. They can let you know what you should do to stop enabling behavior and how to begin your own healing journey.

Call There is a Solution today to learn more about how you can help someone you care about stop drinking. We are a treatment referral service that gets men and women into drug and alcohol treatment. We can recommend a professional interventionist, detox facility, inpatient rehab, outpatient program and sober living home. We are able to take you through each step of the treatment process, guiding you and your loved one through early sobriety.

Call There is a Solution today to learn more about how we can help you. Our services are no cost to you. You can reach us 24/7 at 1-800-832-5250 for more information or if you have any questions regarding the treatment process.

What is a Functioning Alcoholic?

While public perception is beginning to change as we become more educated about alcoholism, many people still mistakenly believe that an alcoholic is someone who has lost everything as a result of his or her drinking. They think of an alcoholic as a homeless person living on the streets or someone who has to take a drink ever morning to avoid “the shakes.” However, this is not the case. A “functioning alcoholic” is someone who is able to maintain a job, have a house and avoid legal issues while drinking alcoholically.

While their personal and professional life may suffer in various ways, they are still able to maintain, even if it is just barely.  In some ways, it can be more challenging to help someone who is a functioning alcoholic because they believe that they do not have a problem. When confronted about their drinking, they will quickly point to all the things that they have not lost. But in many ways they are simply functioning rather than truly living and enjoying life. Their alcoholism prevents them from recognizing their true potential.

You may be a functioning alcoholic if:

  • You may not drink all the time, but what happens when you do drink? Do you find that when you start drinking you cannot stop?
  • Does one drink set off a craving?
  • Do you become an entirely different person when you drink?
  • Have you ever blacked out?
  • Have you ever thought to yourself, “It was a good thing I didn’t get stopped driving home last night”? Just because you have not gotten caught, does not mean you don’t have a problem.

Some individuals are able to remain functioning alcoholics. However, others may find that their disease progresses to the point where they lose everything. A traumatic event or loss can sometimes act as a catalyst that launches someone into full blown alcoholism.

If you think they you may be a functioning alcoholic, you don’t have to wait to lose everything before you get help. There is a Solution helps men and women find the help they need. We are not a treatment center, but a free service that works with individuals struggling with substance abuse issues to get them into a treatment center that is best equipped to address and treat their specific needs. We work with an extensive network of treatment centers and can walk you through the entire process.

Call There is a Solution today at 1-800-832-5250.