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How to Get an Alcoholic Help

Editor Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP
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According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, in 2012 87.6 percent of people ages 18 or older reported drinking alcohol at least one time during their life.

Does this mean everybody who takes a drink of alcohol will become an alcoholic? Of course not. However, there are many people who travel down this path, never knowing where they are headed or how to reclaim control of their life.

For a clear picture of how serious alcohol abuse can be, you don’t have to look any further than this statistic provided by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.:

17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence along with several million more who engage in risky drinking patterns that could lead to alcohol problems.”

If you are in position to help an alcoholic, you can either turn your head or take the steps necessary to assist him or her in beating the addiction.

Here are three ways to get an alcoholic help:

  1. Accompany the person to their primary care physician. This medical professional will not be able to personally treat the person, but they can make suggestions as to what to do next.
  2. Contact a rehabilitation facility. The sooner you do this the better off the person will be. Collect as much information as possible, share the details with the person in need, and decide how to best move forward.

Note: you may run into some resistance. Not only can you help the person understand why this is a good idea, but he or she can also communicate directly with a treatment center counselor if necessary.

  1. Don’t judge the person. Helping somebody beat an alcohol addiction doesn’t mean talking down on them. You need to be open and honest, while also letting them know you are available to help in any way possible. If you judge the person for past choices you will only make things worse. Remember, you don’t want him or her running from you. You want the person running to you.

It can be a challenge to get an alcoholic the help they need. If you find yourself in this position, the three bits of advice above will point you in the right direction.



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