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Alcohol Abuse Interventions
Being the family member of an alcoholic can be frustrating. You are often unsure of where you stand and sometimes wonder if part of the problem is your fault. You are constantly second-guessing all of your attempts to help your loved one work through their problems, hoping against hope that they make the right decision and at least admit they have a problem.
Interventions for Alcoholics
Alcohol abuse interventions offer benefits for both the family as well as the alcoholic. When performed correctly, alcohol abuse interventions can bring relief and closure to family members who have tried their best to help a loved one.
It can be a difficult process to work through, but alcohol addiction is something that only the alcoholic can take control of. For an intervention to be successful, the person dealing with the addiction is the one who must make a conscious choice to commit to sobriety.
Interventions for alcoholics are similar to those held for individuals who are addicted to drugs. There are several differences, however. Many alcoholics are considered to be “functional”. They are able to hold a job, take care of their families, and live a somewhat normal life.
An intervention for an alcoholic will affect every member of the household. Spouses, for example, may not want the intervention. They are more concerned with their own well-being and the balance within the household. They have become accustomed to the way things are and may be afraid of the outcome once their spouse is sober.
How Family Members Benefit from Intervention
The Benefits of an Alcohol Intervention for Family Members
The benefits of an alcohol intervention for family members are many. They get to release the frustration and anxiety they have been carrying with them for so long. It also gives them a chance to come to terms with the fact that they are not responsible for the decisions made by the person in the grips of alcohol addiction. Closure is not easy to come by when you are watching a loved one fight an addiction they don’t realize they have.
By participating in an alcohol abuse intervention, family members are able to clear the air. They can speak their mind without fear of guilt or retaliation. They leave the intervention knowing they have done everything within their power to assist their loved ones in making the right decision. Family members must realize going into the intervention that it is not up to them to make the decision for their family. The final choice is up to the person the intervention is being held for. You can’t make the decision for them. The only thing you can do is make a convincing argument for a healthier, happier, life of sobriety.
On the other hand, those who look at the outcome of the intervention in a positive light will be able to see a brighter future with their spouse fully present in their lives. Their children will have the parent they deserve instead of one who is only present in a detached way.
Spouses who encourage and support the intervention are able to look forward to rebuilding the parts of their relationship that may have been damaged during the time their spouse was addicted to alcohol.
While some spouses may feed off of one anothers’ unhealthy behaviors, it only takes one to break the cycle so the healing process can begin.
Benefits of an Intervention for The Alcoholic
The Benefits of an Alcohol Intervention for The Alcoholic
There are many benefits an alcoholic can gain from an intervention. During the intervention, they may begin to exhibit a variety of emotions and reactions. They may be angry and confrontational. They may be spiteful or begin to make excuses. Many times, once they realize their attempts are not having any type of effect, they will begin to open their minds to the possibility that their actions are destroying the lives of others. Once they begin to really listen to what is being said, they can begin to process what they are hearing.
Another benefit of an alcohol abuse intervention is that the alcoholic can begin to see themselves through the lives of others. They can begin to experience a bit of what their loved ones go through each time they have to face a person who is altered by the excessive use of alcohol. While this may not be a pleasant experience, it is one they must face if they are truly sincere about taking their first steps toward recovery. In order for a person to truly commit to their own recovery, they must face the good as well as the bad. An alcohol abuse intervention will make that happen.
Is Alcohol Holding Them Back?
The "Get Over it" "I'm fine" "I Have This Under Control" Mentality
Unlike drug users who resort to doing whatever is necessary to get their “fix”, alcoholics may have many resources to draw from.
Depending on how well hidden they keep their addiction, many may be able to go years without ever being discovered. They often feel as if they are invincible. Many realize that they can still accomplish their daily tasks and routines if they are careful and take precautions. They begin to develop what is known as the “get over it” mentality.
The “get over it” mentality basically means that they feel that as long as they can function efficiently, there is nothing wrong with having a few drinks to help them get through the day. The problem is that even though they may be able to function effectively, they may not function efficiently. They may be more susceptible to risks they would not have taken if they were sober.
When family members begin to see this pattern developing, they raise concerns and ask the alcoholic to seek treatment.
The alcoholic may not see any problem with their actions or behaviors and simply respond by telling their loved ones to “get over it”.
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Choosing to have an alcohol abuse intervention can be a life-changing experience. It gives you an opportunity to shed any feelings of guilt you may have while giving the alcoholic an opportunity to regain their bearings and embrace those who support them.
An intervention for alcohol abuse will give them the ray of hope they need to chart a course for a brighter, healthier, sober future.
By calling Addiction Interventions, you can help your loved ones find their path to sobriety and rebuild their lives.
Understanding Alcohol Addiction
How Alcohol Addiction Affects the Alcoholic
Many people can consume alcoholic beverages every day for years and never become addicted or dependent on alcohol. Others may become addicted or dependent alarmingly fast. Genetics does play a role to some extent when it comes to addictive behaviors. This is especially true when it comes to alcoholism. As a complex genetic disorder, many different genes create the variations associated with alcoholism and its effects on the body and mind.
Much like with other forms of addiction, everyone will react differently to the effects of alcohol. Just as alcohol affects each person differently, each person will require a different treatment method to help them deal with their addiction and dependence on alcohol. Alcohol abuse interventions must also be tailored to the person the intervention is meant to help. Although it will also impact the person’s loved ones, the alcoholic will be the one that is affected most. It will be their response to the intervention that drives the process forward. While they may be angry and confrontation at first, most begin to realize the weight their disorder is placing on those they love.