Find Local Treatment Options
Call 800-481-6320 to speak with an alcohol or drug abuse counselor.

How to Intervene in an Alcohol Addiction

Don't let your loved one get lost in their alcohol addiction!

Don’t let your loved one get lost in their alcohol addiction!

Alcoholism is a dangerous condition that affects both the addict and those around them. Throughout the world, people are struggling with alcohol addiction and trying to decide whether or not they should confront their loved one about a drinking problem. Though nobody wants to admit that their loved one has a drinking problem, the reality is that no matter how hard it is to admit, intervening in an alcohol addiction may be the most important thing you can do for your friend or family member if you really do care.

Why Should You Intervene in an Alcohol Addiction?

If you’re wondering why YOU should do it, or why someone else doesn’t do it, consider this:

If you recognize that a loved one is addicted to alcohol then you are already on the right track to helping them get well. Realizing the problem is the very first step. Further, if you really love or care about the individual then don’t you want to make them better? Alcohol addiction is dangerous and can lead to long term health problems, relationship failures and even worse – death. If you intervene in the alcohol addiction and help your friend or family member to get the help that they need, you could have potentially just saved the life of your loved one!

Why doesn’t someone else do it? You may be the only one who has the courage to intervene! If you are afraid of confronting the addict on your own, you can consider seeking help from friends or family members to come together and confront the addict about their addiction and offer them help to get well. The most important thing is that you don’t stall and you seek help for the individual as quickly as possible after you have realized that they have a problem.

Voicing Concern During an Intervention

It’s usually a good idea to voice your concerns for your loved one rather than bombard them with the obtrusive statements that require them to deal with their drinking problem. For instance, consider telling your friend or loved one that you are concerned about them, you’re worried, you love them and that you think he or she may need some help and support. If the addict chooses to refuse your concerns and does not think that you have a valid right to be concerned then you may have to take a more invasive and forceful approach to the intervention.

We’ve seen this before on television shows like Intervention, the family comes together tells the addict that they care about them and have seen the negative impact that the addiction has had on them. When the addict accepts treatment the intervention has been a success, but when the addict refuses treatment the tough love approach begins. Family members choose to remove access to certain things such as money, attention, housing and other aspects of the family life that may be used to influence the addict accepting treatment. In most cases, the mere threat of being removed or having these luxuries removed is enough for them to accept treatment.

Recognizing the Signs of Alcohol Addiction and the Need to Intervene

If your friend or loved one shows any of the following signs of alcohol addiction then you should consider staging an intervention to get them to accept help and seek treatment at an alcohol rehab center immediately:

  • Drinking everyday
  • Drinking uncontrollably or multiple drinks per day
  • Drinking in a public place where alcohol is normally not permitted or people wouldn’t normally consume alcoholic beverages
  • Show or stating a “need” for alcohol to get going, feel better, etc.
  • Insomnia, especially when not drinking
  • Being hospitalized for alcohol poisoning or over consumption of alcohol
  • Drinking more than 4 times or nights per week

More Rehab Centers Resources

How to Beat Marijuana Addiction with Marijuana Rehab

One of the primary difficulties with developing a dependence on marijuana is that other people may not recognize it as a problem. The continuing legalization of the drug and the fact that it has medicinal properties causes people to dismiss that it is possible to have an unhealthy relationship with it. But, cigarettes have a….

Continue reading

10 myths about rehab centers

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, rehab centers are one of the more effective forms of drug addiction treatment. Unfortunately, there are a number of myths that movies, television, and popular media have perpetrated against rehab centers. People tend to believe these myths and many of them hurt the reputation of rehab centers….

Continue reading

Importance of Exercise at Drug Rehab Centers

Getting exercise can help you throughout your recovery at a drug rehab center.

Exercise works to improve a range of bodily functions, heals emotionally and spiritually and helps individuals who are recovering from addiction to drugs or alcohol to start a new routine that is physically and emotionally beneficial. Today, most drug rehab centers incorporate some type of exercise program into their treatment programs to help strengthen the….

Continue reading

New Community Program Helps Addicts, Families with Addiction

The Family Support Navigator Program is a new option for individuals in Corning, New York for addiction treatment. This outreach program doesn’t just help addicts, though; it is also focused on helping the family members of addicted individuals navigate the process of recovery as well as their feelings toward their loved one’s addiction. The program….

Continue reading

Choosing Between Cocaine Rehab Centers

There are hundreds of rehab centers across the United States. Most of them advertise cocaine addiction treatment, but which do you choose? Choosing between the different cocaine rehab centers may be difficult if you have never been to rehab before. Fortunately there are a few things that will help you choose the cocaine rehab that….

Continue reading

How You Can Beat Opiate Addiction with Inpatient Rehab

The common response to people with an addiction is “Seek treatment.” And that isn’t incorrect. Addicts deserve personalized care from experts to help them through a very difficult transition. But, what the blanket push to treatment fails to do is to explain how treatment works and what it can offer the addict. There needs to….

Continue reading

8 Things You Wouldn’t Expect from Inpatient Drug Rehab

If you have never been to inpatient rehab, you probably do not know what to expect from it. There are a lot of things that are standard across all inpatient rehabs such as detoxification, withdrawal, counseling, and medication. Fortunately, that is not all there is to it. Many people find things they would not expect….

Continue reading

Treatment Methods in Local Detox Centers

detox centers

Addiction is a multifaceted ailment. It is not gender specific. It doesn’t discriminate between child and adult. It cannot recognize your cultural background. It will not care for your family or friends. Whether you have money or not, will make no difference to an addiction. So it would follow then, that the approaches to treatment….

Continue reading

Keeping Your Self-Esteem Up in a Rehab Center

It can sometimes be difficult to keep cheerful and to be confident in one’s self while attending rehab. Being away from your family and friends can be very hard, and while you are learning quite a bit about how to create a better life for yourself, free of drug abuse, the weight of these changes….

Continue reading

Still can't find the help you are looking for?Get Started Now
Accepted Insurances / View the full list
For inquiries call800-481-6320

Accepted Insurances Does My Insurance
Cover This?

Pin It on Pinterest

Shares
Share This