When someone in the household is abusing alcohol, it’s a problem that’s almost impossible to ignore. Every person in the family might be touched by that addiction, and yet everyone in the family might be wondering what in the world they should do in order to make the problem stop.
While holding an intervention might seem drastic, these are four signs that indicate that it’s time for families to take action.
1. The Use Is Compulsive
- Drink first thing in the morning
- Bring alcohol to work or to church
- Find it impossible to stop drinking once they have started
- Attempt to cut back on alcohol and fail to achieve any kind of reduction
These signs indicate that the alcohol use has moved to a point beyond the person’s control, and an intervention might be the best way in which to point out that help is available and that the drinking can stop.
2. Alcohol-Related Health Problems Appear
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that more than 31,000 people die each year due to chronic liver disease, and alcohol abuse plays a huge role in many of these deaths. In addition, many other people lose their lives due to cancer problems caused by alcohol, and cardiovascular conditions exacerbated by the abuse of alcohol.
People who drink heavily might begin to experience symptoms of major health problems, or they might have abnormal test results when they visit their doctors for routine screenings. Either of these instances provides families with data that they can put to good use in an intervention, as they indicate that the alcohol abuse issue has reached a dangerous level.
3. The Safety of Others Is At Risk
Those who drink are a harm to themselves, but they can also harm others. They might drive while intoxicated, for example, or they might get into physical altercations due to the influence of alcohol.
The National Partnership on Alcohol Misuse and Crime suggests that 40 percent of prisoners in state facilities who were convicted of violent crimes were under the influence of alcohol when they committed these acts. This statistic demonstrates just how deadly an untreated alcohol addiction can be, and why families simply must take action when these behaviors are unfolding in someone that they love.
4. Brief Conversations Haven’t Worked.
Many families touched by alcohol addiction attempt to solve the problem by holding frequent, informal talks. They might discuss the behaviors they’ve seen and express the wish that the person should get help, and sometimes families even feel compelled to research treatment facilities before the talk, so they can outline how the treatment will progress. If families have held a number of these talks and the person still won’t enroll in treatment, it’s time to get serious and hold a planned intervention.
This might be just the sort of wake-up call the alcoholic needs in order to agree to get care.
It isn’t easy to hold an alcohol intervention, and it’s not uncommon for families to be frightened about how the discussion might unfold. Hiring an interventionist might help. These professionals can help families to plan, and they can remain in the room during the talk and take action if something goes wrong. If you need the help of someone like this, please call us at 877-345-8494. Our admissions coordinators can connect you with a number of professionals who can help you.