How To Tell Your Friends You’re Struggling With Alcoholism
Acknowledging that an alcohol addiction is present can be very distressing. Embarrassment and weakness are some of the common feelings of those hiding away from a drinking problem. However, accepting that alcohol abuse and alcoholism is present is one of the strongest steps an individual can take.
The Facts About Alcoholism
Living with an alcohol addiction is a difficult, exhausting time for all involved. 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.
Are you struggling with alcoholism? Are you starting to develop side effects from a chronic alcohol addiction? Our team are here for you, helping both yourself and loved ones heal as you stop drinking.
How To Seek Support When 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 firstly take. We understand how daunting opening up about your struggles can be. A mix of emotions will be present. You may have been dealing with your daily battles alone for some time. However, seeking support through your nearest and dearest will help you work through this difficult time effectively.
Here are some steps to help ease the conversation when considering a serious topic like alcoholism…
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 the spotlight is on you. However, by entering the conversation with an open mind, you will gain support sooner from your loved ones. Although an alcohol addiction may be new to your family and a lack of understanding may be present, helping them recognise your struggles greater will improve their knowledge, and how they can assist you.
Show Your Willingness For Seeking Support
If addiction is new to your friends and family, it is highly important that you present your willingness for rehabilitation. For some family members, it may be difficult for them to get their head around alcoholism. Remember that this news is 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.
Search For Support With Your Loved Ones
Whether you take this step with the support of your loved ones or not, it is highly important that you search for expert support to help you through this difficult time. Struggling through alcoholism alone will be very difficult. Seeking support through addiction treatment will be recommended to slowly subside your side effects of chronic alcohol consumption. From residential rehab plans, to outpatient support, there are many methods to help you and your loved ones.
Prepare Yourself for Questions & Some Resistance
While communicating your alcoholism, please be prepared for any questions. This news will be unexpected. Your friends and family will have questions to ask you regarding your consumption, its effects and where your alcohol addiction has stemmed from. Some may be sceptical of recovery probability; others may feel guilt that your struggles where unnoticed. This step may be difficult for you, however, is necessary to boost their understanding.
Once you’re prepared, although it may feel daunting, we recommend sharing your struggles with those you trust. In order to work through long-term recovery, it is important that you have a strong support network around you. We have internal support sessions to help you, your friends and family work through this news, and your steps to rehabilitation.
Support For You And Your Loved Ones
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 alcohol detoxes to help you work through withdrawal symptoms, to 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 family and friends support groups, both within your rehabilitation period and post rehab. 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.
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. Stop drinking and recover today with your nearest and dearest by your side. We will provide full treatment, following our industry leading addiction treatment programmes.
John Gillen - Author - Last updated: January 13, 2022
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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