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They Need Your Support: How To Help Your Loved One Overcome An Addiction To Alcohol

by Caitlin Obara

If your loved one is a recovering alcoholic, they're going to need your support. Alcohol addiction is a serious problem that can have lifelong consequences. It's not something that your loved one will be able to recover from overnight. In fact, they may need to go through several relapses before they finally find the path to total recovery. It's going to be up to you to be there for them as they navigate the difficult path to sobriety. It's not always easy to know how to help someone who's dealing with an alcohol addiction. Sometimes it takes a lot of trial and error before you find the right combination of love and support. Here are three steps you can take to help your loved one overcome an addiction to alcohol.

Be Their Advocate

When it comes to helping a loved one through an addiction to alcohol, the most important thing you can do is be there to advocate. They're going to need your help throughout the alcohol rehab process. You can advocate for your loved one by attending meetings with them, being there when they're going through a crisis, encouraging them to go one more day. It's also a good idea to get your loved one involved in family counseling. A counselor can facilitate communication that will help your loved one overcome the alcohol addiction that is destroying their life.

Don't Be Silent

If your loved one is dealing with an alcohol addiction, they may make quite a few bad choices along the way. Now's not the time to be silent. Now's the time to be a vocal, active participant in your loved ones path towards sobriety. If you see your loved one heading down the wrong path, be willing to speak up. They may get upset with you, but in the long run, they'll appreciate the effort you took to get them the help they need. This includes being willing to speak up when you see your loved one associating with previous party buddies, or making new friends who are exposing them to drugs and alcohol. You may be the only one standing between your loved one and a relapse.

Avoid Drinking Around Them

If your loved one is struggling to overcome an addiction to alcohol, the worst thing you can do is drink around them. Even having alcohol in your home can create an unnecessary temptation for them, and it might be too much for them to handle. The last thing you want is to be the cause of their relapse. While your loved one is overcoming an addiction, keep the alcohol away from them, and avoid drinking while they're around.