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Alcoholism is evident to everyone except the alcoholic. Between the habit, denial, and inability to see themselves from the outside, it’s hard for alcoholics to take the first step to recovery. Until that happens, they’ll never undergo treatment. They’ll continue to pose a risk to themselves and to others.
It’s difficult to get a person to admit to their problem. Even if they do, they’re often adamant in refusing treatment. If you’re dealing with an alcoholic loved one who refuses treatment, follow these steps to convince them:
Stop Rescuing Them
Family members often try to protect an alcoholic from the consequences of their actions by making excuses and getting them out of alcoholic jams. It’s important to stop rescuing them and let them experience the harmful effects of their behavior. This will help motivate them to stop.
Intervene at the Right Time
Talk with your loved one immediately after an alcohol-related problem occurred. Choose a time when they’re sober, you’re in a calm state, and you’re allowed to talk privately.
Tell your loved one that you’re concerned about their drinking. Tell them that you also want to support them in getting help. Including the most recent alcohol-related incident, back up your account with examples of the ways their drinking has caused problems.
State the Consequences
Tell your loved one that until they get help, you’ll have to carry out the consequences. These consequences can range from refusing to go with them to alcohol-related social activities to moving out of the house. These consequences are not to punish the person, but to protect yourself from the harmful effects of their behavior. Just remember not to make any threats.
Get information about the local treatment options in advance. If your loved one is willing to get help, schedule an appointment with a treatment program counselor. Offer to go with them on their first visit to the treatment program or meeting.
If your loved one still refuses to get treatment, call us at +66 8 7140 7788. We’ll help you conduct interventions to convince them to seek the help they need.