A friend or family member can enjoy regular alcoholic beverages without developing an alcohol addiction; however, if that person begins to display abnormal behavior and engage in more frequent drinking, they may be showing signs of early addiction. Know the signs of addiction and appropriate strategies to approach this person with your concerns.
Signs of Alcohol Addiction:
- Inability to limit alcohol consumption
- Self-isolation and disinterest in social activities, including professional and/or academic events
- Failure to fulfill obligations in professional and personal life
- Constant drinking, even in unsafe situations such as driving
- Withdrawal symptoms like shaking or sweating that emerge after a period without alcohol
What to Consider Before Addressing Concerns
Your close friend or family member is displaying most or all of these symptoms, and you want to make this person aware that they are likely experiencing alcohol use disorder. Consulting a therapist or other licensed mental health professional to facilitate an intervention is a good start.
Before you approach this person during the intervention, consider the nature of addiction. Substance addictions are caused by environmental factors as well as genetic predisposition, suggesting that your friend is experiencing trauma in their life.
Addiction can alter a person’s behavior, and, though they may cause pain in their current state, their actions are not controlled by rational thought. Finally, only the individual with the addiction can choose recovery; you cannot force them to become sober. Your understanding and support are critical at this time.
A professional will guide the conversation, but you need to remain strong and controlled in your address. Plan what you want to say before sharing with your loved one. Listing specific examples of how their recent behaviors have impacted you can be a helpful practice. This person may not want to confront their addiction at this time, but you need to be able to accept that.
If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of an alcohol use disorder, call Alta Loma today to speak with a mental health professional. Our team of dedicated experts will work with you to develop strategies in recovery that satisfy your unique needs. Your customized treatment plan will guide you to a sober and healthy life. Alta Loma invites you into their rustic facilities to embark on your journey to mental, emotional, and spiritual health. If you are interested, please call us at (866) 457-3843.