How to help an alcoholic in the family

What to do if your loved one began to abuse alcohol? Alcoholism is not a habit, but a serious disease which affects the drinker himself, and all his family members. In many cases, to cope with the disease is to help the efforts of relatives and friends. But often the relatives of the alcoholic does not know how to act properly and need professional help of a psychiatrist and/or psychologist, writes

The reaction of the relatives on the drinker: mistakes women and men

Women whose husbands/fathers/brothers, etc., started abusing alcohol and, on the contrary, men whose wives/mothers/daughters addicted to alcohol behave differently. This is an important factor, because the timely reactions of spouses or relatives to the actions of the alcoholic affects the prognosis of the disease and success of treatment. As noted by psychologists, in most cases, women used to notice problems with alcohol from relatives or in their own family than men.

Drug treatment service for withdrawal from binge wife of the alcoholic is more likely to cause women than men. Women may suspect alcoholism my husband is still on circumstantial evidence: the rapidly increasing number of “corporate” holidays, after which the husband comes drunk. Wife to such “events” are not invited. Also the husband gets rough, aggressive, the problem starts with the intimate life, etc.

Women immediately include all of its “military Arsenal” – from persuasion and requests to stop drinking to threats to leave her husband if he did not agree to begin treatment. Men tend to think that the situation may resolve itself, what’s to stop addiction to alcohol can only be a spouse on their own, the situation is aggravated even more. Of course, there are exceptions to this General picture of the behavior of women and men.

How to understand what your favorite or a relative is becoming an alcoholic

Holidays, birthdays and just friendly get-togethers in most cases do not go without alcohol. “Overdosing” can everyone but the urgency hangover the next day acutely experience only alcoholics. If after drinking alcohol the next day you feel an aversion to it, not traction, it means that you are all well and enzyme system is in order.

Between drunkenness and alcoholism there is a big difference. Mental disorders, behavior and antisocial behavior manifests in the later stages of alcoholism. A sign that household drinking escalated into alcoholism is the body’s resistance to consume alcohol. The fact that your beloved or a loved one can enjoy himself with half a bottle of brandy or vodka and to feel normal, it is a reason to sound the alarm and not be proud of the vitality of his health. By increasing the tolerance of the organism to alcohol, it’s time to seek help and begin to treat alcoholism.

How to behave if the family has a drinking problem

To lecture about the dangers of alcoholism husband or wife, however, as to threaten to leave the family – inefficient. Without the help of a psychiatrist and psychotherapist not do, because alcoholics need to get medical treatment and psychological support. Relatives and friends of people must strictly follow the instructions of a specialist, and they can vary in each individual case.

If your spouse or relative does not want to go to the doctor, seek help for yourself: the expert will tell you how to be. But in any case of alcoholism, it is important that an alcoholic has seen the consequences of their behavior. So, don’t make common mistakes, namely:

  • do not buy the patient alcohol to rid him of a hangover, how would you not want to help him. So you are only harming yourself
  • not figurativity to his superiors: let the alcoholic himself explains the causes of absenteeism at work
  • don’t hide found bottles of alcohol, do not pour their contents demonstratively

So you won’t help the patient to control the process, only he will become angry and become more aggressive. Instead, let him restore order in the apartment after another drunkenness: clean up vomit, washing floors, etc. memory Lapses scare most of the “early” alcoholics, so the fear of another bout of memory loss after yesterday’s drinking alcohol may be the impetus for seeking medical help the drinker.