Alcoholics and drug addicts don’t believe they are hurting anyone but themselves. And they are pretty okay with that!
The sad reality is that their family and friends are hurting for them, and are deeply affected by the addiction issues. If you have a loved one around you who is showing tell-tale signs of alcohol addiction, it is possible to help them and get them on the road to recovery. Some signs to look for include:
- Being evasive about whereabouts
- Being secretive and lying frequently
- Intense mood swings
- Huge changes in sleep cycle
- Fluctuations in weight
- Changes in attitude and appearance
- Failing to meet obligations and fulfill duties
- No desire in activities they used to enjoy previously
As someone who personally knows an alcoholic, you need to ensure your own mental health just as much as theirs.
Remember, You Are Not Responsible For the Alcoholic Problems
Whether you are a close friend, sibling or parent, it is not your fault that they tumbled into the darkness. This holds especially true for the parents who often blame their own oversight or negligence for the addiction.
You Might Be Enabling Their Addiction
It is important to realize that there is a problem and the only solution for it is quick medical help and rehabilitation. No matter how much love you show now, it will not go away; instead, it will only get worse. Alcoholism is more than an addiction; it is a powerful, progressive illness and needs a cure.
It is one of the most difficult aspects of having an alcoholic for a friend. But the sad fact is that the millions of alcoholics struggling with their addiction wouldn’t be able to successfully hide and fuel their addiction if they didn’t have support from family and friends.
Have an Intervention
An intervention doesn’t have to be a big formal affair. As long as a few of you are hanging around the alcoholic, bring up treatment ideas for alcoholism. Together you are letting your alcoholic friend know that they need to go and get treatment for their ailment. However, if the idea of an intervention seems too big to be true, it is a good idea to have an interventionist present.
If you are planning an intervention, Surf City Recovery can offer you the necessary, resources guidance as well as an experienced interventionist to ensure the success of your interventions. Call us today at 714.841.3863 for more information.