How to Help an Alcoholic Friend
The most fortunate among us can rely on at least one good, true friend: a boyfriend, a girlfriend, a family member or a best friend. When the serious and potentially dangerous business of alcoholism affects a person’s life, they need to count on their friends more than ever because they may not be able to admit the problem and get the help they need on their own. Do you need to know how to help an alcoholic friend? You’ve come to the right place. Get in touch with the Vista Bay drug rehab professionals at 800-556-8885.
How to Help an Alcoholic Friend
The best thing you can do to help a friend who struggles with alcohol addiction is to call in an unbiased, professional support team like the one you’ll find at Vista Bay. As a friend of the addict, you’re too close to the situation. The addict’s struggles with alcohol affect you, too, whether you’re torn with anxiety or worry for your friend or their inability to function affects you emotionally or financially as well.
When it comes to an issue as serious as alcoholism, your friend is more likely to listen to a professional without fighting back. And having the professional intervene will save you from letting your emotions get the best of you and turn an intervention into a confrontation. If the alcoholic feels judged and pressured, they’re less likely to volunteer to get the help they need. In fact, a confrontation is more likely to make the alcoholic stressed, which makes them turn to alcohol to cope. Break the cycle. Invite Vista Bay into the process and let us do what we do every day. Our method turns more than three-fourths of our graduates sober in the long term.
How to Help an Alcoholic Boyfriend or Girlfriend
While helping an alcoholic significant other is similar to helping a friend, there’s an added dimension: you two share a life or hope to share a life. An alcoholic boyfriend, girlfriend or spouse may be more likely to be physically or emotionally abusive to you because you spend so much time together or because they feel comfortable showing their darker side in front of you than they would in front of other friends. If you suspect abuse, do not hesitate to call us and the authorities.
As part of our program, we separate alcoholics from their day-to-day lives by asking them to move into our residential facilities. During that time, the two of you can cope and heal separately. And meanwhile, we’ll be working with your significant other to not only quit drinking and stay sober, but to improve their social skills, their relationships and their goals.
Learn How to Help an Alcoholic Boyfriend, Girlfriend or Friend
Your friend, boyfriend or girlfriend who struggles with alcoholism is not alone—they have you. But you’re not alone, either. Reach out to the Vista Bay professionals today. Whether your loved one is ready to get help or you’re struggling to get them to that point, we’re here to guide the two of you to a better life. All you have to do is reach out to us.
Learn how to help an alcoholic friend by calling us at 800-556-8885. We’ll call you if you fill out our online call back form first.