Alcohol Addiction Treatment
Just like treating any other addiction, there are steps that need to be taken to ensure a successful recovery. One of the most important factors is having the love and support of a family. This type of support system will help an alcoholic through this recovery process. As a loved one of an alcoholic there are many things that you can do to help during the recovery process. The first thing to do is stage an intervention. The next thing to do is to be there during the treatment program. It is also imperative that you continue to support the alcoholic after the treatment program, as well as take care of yourself throughout this process.
How to State an Intervention
One of the most important and difficult things you can do to help your loved one with an alcohol addiction is to state an intervention. It’s an important step because it forces the alcoholic to see the damage they are causing and take responsibility for that damage that goes beyond self damage. Before staging an intervention, seek help from a professional that specializes in these types of things. Having a professional guide you through the process and ensure that you stay on track is invaluable. Families must meet first to discuss with the professional about the alcoholic, the pain the family is experiencing and their non-negotiable during the treatment process. It is imperative that a clear message is given during the intervention, and that is the aim of the pre-intervention meeting.
Supporting an Addict During Rehabilitation
During inpatient alcohol addiction treatment an alcoholic will work through their issues that have caused their addiction as well as focus on behaviors that have occurred since the beginning of the addiction. Alcoholics need to be able to make apologies and amends to their family and friends. Inpatient treatment programs will have family therapy sessions, and one of the best things you can do for your loved one is show up and actively support and participate in this therapy.
Supporting an Addict After Rehabilitation
When an alcoholic gets out of inpatient treatment they will need even more support. This is for a variety of reasons, mainly because they will need to readjust to dealing with the stresses of daily life as a sober person and they will need help in avoiding and dealing with their triggers. Being a parent, holding down a job and being a productive member of society is a hard thing to adjust to and having the support of family and friends makes it a little bit easier.
Taking Care of Yourself
You owe it to yourself and to your alcoholic loved one to continue to take care of yourself. Sometimes people become so wrapped up in helping others that they forget to do the things necessary for themselves and their families. Seek out your own professional treatment to help get you through this very difficult time in your life. It is hard on families to not feel responsible in some way for the behavior. It is also easy for families to continue to enable an alcoholic. A professional will help you work through these issues so you can continue to successfully help your loved one.