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.