How to Tell Loved Ones You’re Struggling With Alcoholism
Acknowledging that an addiction is present can be very distressing, never mind opening up and telling loved ones you’re struggling with alcoholism. Embarrassment and weakness are some of the common feelings of those hiding away from a drinking problem. However, accepting that you may have an alcohol use disorder is one of the strongest steps you can take, as it’ll allow your recovery journey to start.
Understanding and Support in the Journey to Overcome Alcoholism
Living with an alcohol addiction is a difficult, exhausting time for all involved. However, research shows that having a strong and robust support network improves our mental well-being, combatting feelings of loneliness and depression. This is especially true for those struggling with alcoholism, as addiction can often make individuals feel isolated and alone.
Alcohol consumption can lead to many health problems, including the inability to live a high-quality life. Any form of substance abuse may seem impossible to overcome. However, by opening up to your friends and family, and admitting how you’re struggling with alcoholism, the opportunities for support and recovery are endless.
Here at Ocean Recovery Centre, we understand how difficult this step may seem. We understand that your family members may lack an understanding of alcoholism, heightening your nerves to communicate your struggles. With that said, we can assist you and your loved ones through this time of change, while helping you stay sober long-term.
How to Tell Loved Ones You’re Struggling With Alcoholism
If you are currently struggling with alcoholism and have reached a point where sharing this with your friends and family is required, there are some recommended steps to take.
A mix of emotions will be present. You may have been dealing with your daily battles alone for some time. And, understandably, discussing such a topic can feel incredibly difficult. But remember, seeking support is a sign of strength. See below for helpful advice to guide you through the process of opening up to those closest to you.
Choose the Right Timing
Find a quiet moment when you and your loved ones can speak without any interruptions. This will ensure that the discussion remains focused, supportive, and private.
Explain Why You’re Telling Them That You’re Struggling With Alcoholism
Some people may wonder why you’re choosing to tell them now. The best way to approach this is by explaining that you are ready to take back control and responsibility over your life, whilst also letting them know how difficult it has been to get to the point where you’re ready to talk. Many people who are struggling with alcoholism live in a state of denial for some time, so getting to the point where you’re ready to talk about rehabilitation options is something that you should be extremely proud of.
Be Honest and Open
When discussing your alcoholism with loved ones, it is important that you are honest and open.
Shutting down and simply overlooking the situation can be easily done when you feel as if the spotlight is on you. However, by entering the conversation with an open mind, you are much more likely to gain support sooner from your loved ones.
Remember, being upfront about your struggles takes a lot of courage, and it’s likely to create a foundation of trust between you and your loved ones. While alcoholism might be unfamiliar to some of your family members, explaining your experience can encourage understanding and compassion.
Show Your Commitment to Recovery
Make it clear that you are seeking help and are committed to the process of recovery. This can reassure your loved ones and show your determination to overcome addiction once and for all.
It’s important to remember that, for some family members, it may be difficult for them to get their head around alcoholism. Remember that this news may be new to them. If dealt with incorrectly, addiction can cause family issues. Therefore, by seeking support now by presenting your willingness to recover, greater respect may be present. Help your family understand alcoholism greater, and how rehabilitation could benefit you long-term.
Be Prepared for Some Questions and Mixed Reactions
Your loved ones may have concerns, questions, or mixed feelings. This is normal, especially if your loved ones have never experienced addiction within their close circle. Some might even ask about the origins of your addiction or the implications it’s had on your life. Others might feel guilty for not noticing earlier. Approach their queries with patience, understanding that this is new for them, too. Try your best to keep the conversation as open and as productive as possible, even if the opportunity for some friction arises.
Share with Trusted Individuals
Open up to those you trust the most. This is your life and your personal information, so you don’t need to tell those who are not impacted. Those who are closest to you are most likely to understand that the process of opening up about struggling with alcoholism is not easy and provide the understanding and support you need during this time.
Seek Professional Support
While the support of loved ones is invaluable, it’s also essential to seek expert guidance. Struggling through alcoholism alone will be very difficult. Seeking support through addiction treatment will be recommended to subside the side effects of chronic alcohol consumption. From inpatient rehab to outpatient counselling, various resources are available to help you and your family navigate the road to recovery.
Support For You And Your Loved Ones at Ocean Recovery
Once you’ve acknowledged your struggles through alcoholism, here at Ocean Recovery Centre, we have a variety of addiction treatments available to support you. From comprehensive alcohol detoxes to help you work through withdrawal symptoms, to personalised alcohol rehab treatment programmes focusing on your psychological connection to alcohol, we will work through each step to recovery.
In order to ensure that your loved ones receive support, we also offer comprehensive support for individuals who have a loved one battling alcohol addiction. This will not only support your recovery; it will further change your loved one’s views on alcoholism and addiction and how they can support you through any future relapses.
Reach Out Today
Here at Ocean Recovery Centre, we understand how difficult this time can be for all involved. A rollercoaster of emotions will be present. Each family member will react differently, therefore, our expert team will ensure that support and treatment options are in place to create a smooth process.
If you are struggling with alcoholism and believe that telling your friends and family is now necessary, feel free to get in contact with our team today. We can guide you on the best possible route to take when communicating your alcohol addiction. We can support each member from your initial conversation, straight through to aftercare support, to ensure a mutual understanding is present. Your loved ones can be some of the biggest supporters for you, providing some much-needed love and care through these difficult times. Although this step may seem scary at first, a weight will be lifted once you’ve shared your experiences.
Any form of addiction shouldn’t be dealt with alone. Contact us today at 01253 847 553, and a member of our team will be happy to provide information regarding treatment programmes.
John Gillen - Author - Last updated: October 11, 2023
John is one UK’s leading professionals in the addiction recovery industry. Pioneering new treatment techniques such as NAD+ and ongoing research into new therapy techniques such as systematic laser therapy, John is committed to providing the very best treatment for people throughout the UK and Europe. During his extremely busy schedule, John likes to regularly update our blog section with the latest news and trends in the industry to keep visitors to our site as well informed as possible on everything related to addiction treatment.
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