Being addicted to alcohol can be a difficult situation for an individual. It could also be, that they do not realize they are addicted to it and can be in constant denial. In times like these, if an alcoholic is reluctant to seek help, there is a way where the support of family and friends can be taken. In some adverse conditions, a medical emergency or police officials related circumstance can force an alcoholic or addict to get the required treatment.
Below are some effective steps to enroll an alcoholic into treatment:
Halt the “rescue missions”: Family during the start, always try to protect an individual dealing with addiction. But the family should halt it and stop protecting an addict; cause otherwise the alcoholic wont realize their behavior and will not make any effort to change. The important thing that a family needs to do is, allow the individual to experience the damaging effects of their addiction – therefore being motivated to enroll into a rehab treatment facility.
Propose for an intervention: One of the best ways to motivate and confront an addict is by enrolling them into an intervention. It should be planned well in advance and a therapist should be consulted. The recommended time to treat is after an alcohol-related incident. The various plan options offered can be checked so that these can be presented in the initial meeting. Execute and plan it with confidence.
Being supportive but firm: Address the concern to the addicted family member about his or her addiction and that you would not continue to accept or support their addictive behavior. Make them understand how his or her addiction has affected not only the person but the family as a whole. Mostly, do convey that you will recommended and support the options of treatment. (Prior research to the intervention must be done)
Firm consequences: Let the affected family member know that unless he or she doesn’t get into the addiction treatment, there will be no support. This will be done not as punishment but to protect yourselves from harmful consequences.
The penalties may vary from not supporting financially to expelling him or her from the house to cutting ties. At start the consequences may appear cruel but it comparatively better than the heavier price you may have to pay later. Most importantly, do carry out the threats or else your words become as insignificant as the repeated promises of an addict.
Quick Decisions: Even if an alcoholic shows the slightest indication of a willingness to get help, then quick decisions must be taken. A thorough homework of the intervention and an appointment must be taken with the counsellor as soon as possible.
Help from a friend: If a family member refuses to help, ask a friend to confront with her or her. Another good option for talking to an addict is another recovering alcoholic who is currently sober. Other than that, any considerate and non-judgmental friend can be a valuable source for communication.
Be aware: Prior reading and understanding of an addiction is always important for an effective approach towards the addict and the addiction.
Enrolling an addict into treatment can be a difficult task but it’s all worth it!