Alcohol Intervention

Alcohol InterventionAlcohol abuse is a common and often untreated problem in America. Alcohol use has become less taboo and more ingrained in American culture through movies, television and public perception. This means that the reaction to drinking has lessened in some ways. Alcoholism may be overlooked in some circles because of the regularity of alcohol use. It is important to know the signs of alcohol abuse and the way to engage in a successful intervention so that you can help a loved one overcome this deadly disease.

Signs of an Alcohol Problem

Individuals with an alcohol problem will attempt to hide the truth about their alcohol use from those around them. If asked about it, they will likely be deflective or defensive. Despite denial the signs of alcohol addiction will still be present. They are often only recognized in hindsight which is why it is important to know what to look for, so you can help a loved one if needed. Some signs of an alcohol abuse problem can include the following:

  • Problems at work. If you work with an individual you suspect is abusing alcohol, you are uniquely positioned to witness any problems at work. Even as a close friend or family member you can make note of issues that arise at work such as discipline for excessive tardiness or a reported lack of productivity.
  • Legal or financial issues. If a person is repeatedly in trouble with the law or continually asking for money, it could be a sign that he or she is struggling with alcohol abuse.
  • Physical signs. Some physical signs of alcohol abuse include weight loss, redness of the nose and cheeks or a consistent smell of alcohol on the person’s breath or body.
  • Changes in a person’s normal mood or temperament. Alcohol use can lead to mood swings and changes in personality.

How to Intervene If a Loved One Is Abusing Alcohol

The person at the center of an intervention should not feel ganged up on or on trial. Keep the intervention group small and limited to only a few close friends and family members. The person you are trying to help is already defensive and making him or her feel cornered will only increase this feeling.

Begin an intervention by expressing your love and support for the individual. Tell him or her the signs of alcohol addiction you have noticed and the reasons they concern you. Offer your help and continued support. While it is good to be honest and share your feelings, it is important that you remain calm. You cannot argue someone into rehab, as the decision to get help is a decision that must be made by the individual.

Help Staging an Intervention or Finding Alcohol Abuse Treatment

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