Alcoholism is the most severe form of problem drinking. People who abuse alcohol often neglect responsibilities, take dangerous risks while drinking and encounter legal trouble, but only those who are truly addicted become physically dependent.
Relying on alcohol to function and feeling physically compelled to drink are two common signs of alcoholism. Other symptoms include the following:
- Growing tolerance
- Withdrawal symptoms
- Inability to stop drinking
- Increased consumption over time
- Obsession with drinking
- Ignoring negative consequences
- Poor work or school performance due to drinking
- Drug use in situations which are harmful to self and others, such as while caring for children
- Social problems, such as marital difficulties or losing old friends, due to drug use
Contrary to popular belief, individuals do not need to “hit bottom” before they get sober. In fact, people who seek assistance quickly—before physical and psychological dependence become too severe—benefit from improved chances of recovering and preventing relapse. It is never too early to ask for help.
Interventions: One Way to Help
An intervention is one powerful way to help a boyfriend who abuses alcohol. It creates a “crisis” that breaks the cycle of destruction and thereby motivates a loved one to seek help. Interventions also hasten recovery in ways that include the following:
- Allows addicted individuals to see how addiction affects others
- Allows addicted individuals to speed up “cause and effect” connections
- Allows addicted individuals to experience encouragement from a wide group of people
- Allows addicted individuals to find strength to step toward sobriety
One way to keep an intervention calm and productive is to hire an intervention expert recommended by a treatment facility. Appointing a third party to facilitate the process alleviates pressure and maximizes the chance of a positive outcome. During the preplanning stage, intervention experts help friends and families define goals and parameters. Several include the following:
- To communicate the impact of destructive behaviors
- To offer a prearranged treatment plan that includes steps, goals and guidelines
- To set boundaries of how each person present will respond if treatment is refused
Intervention experts also help to plan practical aspects of the event. Several include the following:
- Choosing a private, distraction-free location
- Defining participants’ roles
- Researching treatment options
- Outlining the intervention format
- Preparing the family for several possible outcomes
Thorough preparation is critical. It shields the intervention from emotional outbursts and propels the dialogue in a constructive direction.
Getting Help for Alcohol Addiction
You can recover from alcohol addiction. Admissions coordinators are available at our toll-free, 24 hour call center to help you make the transition from addiction to sobriety. Please call today.