You’re worried sick about a drink problem. Not yours; you’re teetotal, abstemious, as dry as a Benedictine Nun’s… habit after it’s been in the convent tumble dryer for a good hour (be sure to empty the fluff filter before loading, ladies).
No, it’s your brother’s binge drinking that’s keeping you awake at night. Or maybe it’s your boyfriend’s boozing you’re worried about? Or how about your mother? Or then again it could be your father, son, daughter, best mate or a work colleague you’re fretting about in the small hours (while they’re probably tucked up in their jimjams enjoying an alcohol-induced deep sleep. Ironic, ain’t it!).
You want to help them beat their addiction (and, yes, alcoholism is an addiction), but you simply don’t know how:
- I want to help, but where on earth do I start?
- What do other people do, faced with such a nightmare situation?
- What are the options?
- What’s involved on the whole? (i.e. before, during and after?)
- How much will it all cost?
And perhaps the question that gnaws away at you most persistently of all:
Will the person I’m trying to help hate my guts forever if I intervene, if I take matters into my own hands?
An alcoholic can’t detest you if they’re dead, can they?
That might sound a bit drastic, but you have to concede, it’s true. And if seeking help for alcohol addiction on another’s behalf means the two of you are never quite on the same friendly footing again, then, in the whole scheme of things, that’s not a massive price to pay if it means you’ve helped save them from the utter devastation that long-term alcoholism can bring.
So, when it comes to intervening* in an effort to potentially save someone’s life, what are you waiting for?
* By ‘intervening’ we don’t mean a full-on break the family up forever intervention (all the rage across the pond, by the way): an intervention is an orchestrated attempt by one or many people – usually family and friends – to get someone they care about to seek professional help for their addiction (source: Wikipedia). Interventions rarely work, and usually do more damage than good.
By intervening, we mean independently contacting an Alcoholism Treatment Rehabilitation Retreat simply to find out about options. Even the most general enquiry will be dealt with thoroughly, sensitively and 100 per cent confidentially by trained staff.
To get an initial insight into what a course of treatment can involve for someone seeking lasting abstinence from alcohol, have a read through this list of modules that may be used:
- Psychotherapy (both group and individual)
- CBT (Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy)
- 12-Steps Abstinence-Based Therapy
As well as:
- Nutritional Support
- Family Support
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Relapse Prevention
- Aftercare Programme
To find out more, simply call 0845 680 4902, or if e-mailing is easier, go here. All information disclosed will be kept confidential. Get your life back on track, are you struggling with alcoholism (or a drug addiction) and want to do something about it? Start your recovery now!