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Alcohol Awareness Month: Alcohol Abuse Recovery Tips

April 4, 2018

By Mark G. McLaughlin

Nobody recovers from alcohol abuse alone. Everybody who undertakes that long, difficult but necessary journey needs help. Most but not all of that will be provided by professionals, but friends, family and colleagues can also provide support to make that journey a successful one. Here are just a few tips to help someone on the path to alcohol abuse recovery.

Help an alcoholic find treatment – or even stage an intervention
If someone is an alcoholic and is not getting help, find them someplace that offers treatment. Any family physician or emergency room doctor can provide information on treatment centers and counseling options. These can range from the obvious, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or a rehabilitation and treatment center. One such center, for example, is Passages Malibu, in California

Treatment can be an expensive task, but many major health insurance carriers will cover some or much of the costs of care at such a facility. If the alcoholic will not accept help voluntarily, it might be necessary to stage an intervention. There are professionals who know how to conduct an intervention, and they can guide family members and friends in how to best prepare and present their case to the alcoholic, and identify boundaries and procedures for such an intervention.

Do not take on the burden of helping an alcoholic recover alone
No individual, no matter how loving, how caring or how supportive can treat alcoholism alone. Nor can they do it with the help of friends and family. Alcoholism is a disorder that requires a professional to determine its root cause in that individual, and to recommend and oversee the kind of treatment that is right for that particular individual. In addition, anyone who is going to try to help an alcoholic recover should get professional counseling as well, and, if possible, attend meetings or sessions where the alcoholic is getting treatment – or at least drive them to where they are supposed to go for help. At the Alcohol Rehab Center at Passages, for example, one of the many paths of treatment involves family or marriage therapy.