What to Do When a Friend or Loved One is an Alcoholic in Denial?

18. November 2015

Their drinking has taken control of every aspect of their life. As the alcohol consumes them it will change that person you love and turn them into someone you won’t recognize. As the alcoholism progresses it will start negatively impacting those around them. When a loved one is drinking themselves to death the damage spreads out and will affect the ones that care the most in the worst ways. You have begged and you have pleaded for them to change but they continue to drink. Have you been trying to help a loved one get help for their alcoholism, but they continue to refuse to take the step towards a better life? An alcohol addiction intervention maybe the difference between life and death for your loved one.

An alcohol addiction intervention is defined as the action or process of intervening, interference by a person or persons in another’s affairs and/or action taken to improve a situation, especially a medical disorder. When a loved one is struggling with alcoholism many loved ones will have an intervention to help persuade them to seek out professional help. One of leading causes of death in the United States is alcohol.  Many alcoholics will not go into a detox center or a rehab center without a fight, this is when many family members will have an alcohol addiction intervention. An intervention can be the difference between life and death for someone who is under the grip of alcoholism.

Alcoholics will build their day around their drinking. Their primary concern will almost always focus on when and how to get the next drink. The thought of getting sober will cross their mind from time to time, but the alcohol has such a strong hold on them that without outside influence the chances of them taking a step towards sobriety is slim. This is why an alcohol addiction intervention is such an important step for family members to take.

What is an Alcohol Addiction Intervention?

An alcohol addiction intervention can take place with any amount of people, but it is best to keep the group smaller (3-6 people). When getting the group together chose those who are closest to the one who is having the intervention done. If you find that there are not enough people to take part in the intervention try contacting Alcoholics Anonymous and ask for help with a “12 step call’.  During an intervention loved ones will will be able to sit down and express their concerns to their loved one who is struggling. They can voice how their loved one’s addiction/alcoholism has been affecting their lives. It is best to write down your plan of action for the intervention prior to having it, emotions can run high and you can get overwhelmed. Not all interventions are successful, they can be an emotional roller coaster for the people who are trying to help. Due to the intense stress involved in having an alcohol addiction intervention many people will chose to hire an interventionist.

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An interventionist will help hold the entire group together and keep the family strong. They will also help figure out a plan of action that is designed around your loved one’s specific needs. Their outline will include a history of their alcoholism, they will  make a detailed strategy based on their history of drinking. Using this strategy the interventionist will create an outline and present it to those who are participating in the intervention. This is designed to help keep the intervention on the correct track. The interventionist will help put together a good group of people who they believe will be the most influential in the intervention. Prior to doing an intervention the interventionist will help the family decide on what model of an intervention they will do. Different Models of interventions are better for certain individuals.

By having an alcohol addiction intervention you are increasing the chances of your loved one agreeing to get help. When you approach a loved one without the help of others the chances of them becoming defensive or just brushing you off are much greater than if an intervention is held. When they hear the same thing from multiple loved ones over and over it can help open their eyes. They will realize that they are causing chaos, stress, sadness and disarray in the lives of the people that care about them most. When an intervention is done correctly the chances of your loved one agreeing to get help greatly increase.

How Can I Get Help for My Loved One?

If you are seeking help for a loved one who is currently struggling with alcoholism, then having an alcohol addiction intervention is the right choice. If they have refused help in the past consider hiring an interventionist to help with the process. If you need help finding an interventionist or lining up a treatment center please feel free to reach out to us today. You can call us toll free at 1-877-478-4621 Help is out there, an intervention can make all the difference in whether your loved one will agree to turn their life around.