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.

“I Can’t Stop Drinking”

There is for every alcoholic that moment when they say to themselves, “I can’t stop drinking.” Although this moment often coincides with feelings of shame and despair, it can actually be a turning point and, therefore, a moment of tremendous hope (even if it doesn’t seem that way at the time). The first step of the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous states, “We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol and that our lives had become unmanageable.” The moment that we admitted that couldn’t stop drinking is the moment that our denial began to crack.

People who have realized that they can’t stop drinking will often try different ways to “cure” themselves. They may tell themselves they need to only drink beer and wine or stop using other substances in addition to alcohol. They may try to limit their drinking to just the weekends. There are books and DVDs that promise to help people stop drinking without treatment and without the 12 Steps. These methods promise quick fixes or lead you to believe that you can learn how to slow down on your drinking, or “cure” your alcoholism. These methods come and go, but the 12 Steps have been helping people get—and stay—sober since the 1930’s. A majority of the time people will have short-lived success (at best) with anything other than treatment and the 12 Steps.

If you can’t stop drinking and you want a better way of life, there is hope. There is a Solution is a free service that connects people to the treatment they need. Our purpose is to help people through the process of finding a treatment center that is the most appropriate for their needs. We are experienced professionals in the addictions field who are also in recovery. We know what it’s like to realize that you can’t stop drinking and that your life is falling apart. We have been through the treatment process. And most importantly, we have found lasting sobriety. Our relationships with various treatment centers enable us to work with and for our clients to get them affordable drug and alcohol treatment. Our experience and knowledge help us determine which treatment will be the best fit for the individual that we are working with. You will be provided with an individualized treatment plan that takes into consideration your alcohol history, treatment history and personal history.

If you have reached a point where you can’t stop drinking, it’s time to talk to someone. Call and speak to one of our interventionists today at (800) 832-5250.