If you’re waiting for just the right moment, there will never be an ideal time to intervene in a loved one’s alcohol addiction. Like other dangerous addictions, drinking problems escalate over time—so the best time to schedule an intervention is now. Waiting to get your spouse, parent, or child the help they need is asking for trouble and enabling them to continue down a path toward legal problems, relationship dysfunction, financial ruin, health crisis, or even death. Getting an alcoholic family member the help they need is the best way to protect others from harm, since alcoholism can lead to injury or death through family violence, child neglect, drunk driving, and other destructive behaviors.
An alcohol intervention is essentially a structured meeting. An employer or a healthcare professional can initiate it, but it is thought to have most chance of success when it involves those who love the alcoholic, such as close family and friends. The aim of interventions is to confront alcoholics and problem drinkers with how their actions are hurting those around them.
While those involved are encouraged to be honest and direct, it is also important that they express compassion and support. This combination is intended to trigger recognition in alcoholics that they have a problem, while also showing them they have loved ones ready to support them if they choose to seek treatment.
It is estimated that four to six percent of the population has a drinking problem. When someone precious to you will not stop drinking despite a job loss, DUI, ruined marriage or diagnosed health problem, it’s time to confront them with the help of an intervention specialist.
What is Alcoholism?
Alcoholism is a broad term for any drinking of alcohol that results in problems. It was previously divided into two types: alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence. In a medical context, alcoholism is said to exist when two or more of the following conditions is present: a person drinks large amounts over a long time period, has difficulty cutting down, acquiring and drinking alcohol takes up a great deal of time, alcohol is strongly desired, usage results in not fulfilling responsibilities, usage results in social problems, usage results in health problems, usage results in risky situations, withdrawal occurs when stopping, and alcohol tolerance has occurred with use.
Alcohol is a depressant, partly because it leaches B vitamins out of your body. When you wake up in a hangover, what you are feeling are the withdrawal symptoms, as your body clears toxins. If you are like me, for the next one-to-two days you will feel like drinking again. Dehydration and blood sugar imbalances are major parts of the problem and cause fatigue, possibly headache and irritability, together with other symptoms. Alcohol also brings your body out of balance and often makes you crave junk foods.
There are many more downsides to alcohol consumption but in this article I wish to concentrate on the benefits of abstaining from alcohol. It may be fine to drink in moderation, if your body can handle it, but even then I would recommend organic wine and always drinking with or after a meal. Many people, however, get blood sugar imbalances from alcohol, as well as imbalanced moods.
What is an Intervention?
A professional intervention provides an open door to addiction treatment. First, the intervention specialists at Coast to Coast meet with your family to:
- Educate you about alcohol addiction & treatment options.
- Discuss your personal story & process your emotions.
- Uncover enabling behaviors & learn to set healthy boundaries.
- Determine the consequences that occur if your loved one rejects treatment.
- Plan the intervention from start to finish. This may include having family members write letters to the addicted individual, which will be read during the meeting.
As an objective third party, our interventionists help you compassionately confront your family member with the goal of guiding them into immediate detox or alcohol addiction treatment. Do not try to facilitate an intervention on your own. Coast to Coast has an exceptional intervention success rate, and our team is trained and equipped to keep the conversation productive and safe.
Schedule an Intervention with Coast to Coast
Managing even the most confrontational alcohol interventions with high success rates, our interventionists are trained experts. Whether your loved one is a daily drinker or a binge drinker, they are putting themselves and others at risk. Don’t waste time hoping that they will see the error of their ways. There is far too much at stake.
Call (800) 210-8229 today. We are here 24/7 to answer your questions, begin the treatment intake and verification process, and discuss an alcohol intervention that protects others and gives alcoholics renewed purpose and new life