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Alcoholism is disease, here’s some resources to help you fight back:
Responsible Drinking: A Moderation Management Approach http://amzn.to/1ZdgP9f
I Need to Stop Drinking!: How to get back your self-respect. http://amzn.to/1VEqbeU
Why You Drink and How to Stop: A Journey to Freedom: http://amzn.to/1Q8pAv2
Alcoholics Anonymous: The Big Book: http://amzn.to/1N0rttl
Alcoholics: Dealing With an Alcoholic Family Member, Friend or Someone You Love: http://amzn.to/1j9cvH4
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You can’t save people from themselves, but you can set your boundaries if you want to help an alcoholic.
Step 1: Know your subject
Read all you can about alcoholism and co-dependency and talk to other alcoholics to understand the subject.
Step 2: Confront your own problems
Solve your personal problems and know your limits. Forego any desire to rescue people.
Accept that most alcoholics do not fully recover. Love the person; hate the disease.
Step 3: Plan an intervention
Plan an intervention with family members but always in the presence of a therapist. The drinker must be sober.
Step 4: Set boundaries
Set clear boundaries, stating that to protect yourselves you expect action. Be ready to follow through on any consequence you set.
Step 5: Suggest treatment
Suggest counseling and treatment options that you have researched, all the way to providing the local Alcoholics Anonymous numbers. But do not make the call for them.
Step 6: Be detached
Remain detached, so that you can model the behavior you expect. Let the alcoholic face their consequences and never loan them money or indulge their excuses.
Drinking is merely a symptom of larger problems that the drinking helps bury.
Step 7: Join support organizations
Join a support organization like Al-Anon to confront your own guilt and sense of responsibility. A supportive community strengthens you to grow healthy.
Did You Know?
Did you know? Over 18 million Americans struggle with alcohol abuse or dependence.