Helping alcoholics isn’t easy.
The main reason for this is that most alcoholics are slowly self-destructing. They know this is happening but they are powerless to stop it. They are trapped in a cycle.
If you’re the friend or a loved one of an alcoholic, then you’ve probably tried all sorts of different things to get them to quit drinking. Here’s a quick summary of what doesn’t work:
1) Pleading with them to stop
2) Threatening them in any way
3) Trying to manipulate them into quitting
4) Shaming them
5) Screaming at them or getting angry with them
And so on. None of these things work at all to help the alcoholic or get them closer to quitting drinking.
So how can we help them?
It boils down to a few strategies on your part. Most of it is indirect stuff, but it is still important in the long run. Here are some of the key components:
1) Stop enabling them.
2) Set healthy limits and boundaries.
3) Ignore their drinking episodes in order to force them to look at themselves.
4) Allow them to decide to quit for themselves instead of trying to force the decision.
Want to know more? Here is the full scoop on how you can help an alcoholic.