How to Deal with an Alcoholic


Dealing with someone when they are not their normal self could be a difficult situation, especially when they are an alcoholic!  To continue with April’s Alcohol Awareness Month this article is from Healthy Place America’s Mental Health Channel written by Natasha Tracy about how to deal with an alcoholic.

How to Deal with an Alcoholic – Stop Alcoholic Denial

One of the reasons alcoholics continue to function while drinking and stay in denial is because the family and friends refuse to admit to dealing with an alcoholic. Because there is stigma attached to the term “alcoholic,” loved ones want to deny that they are living with an alcoholic. However, admitting to a problem is the only way to start dealing with an alcoholic.

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How to Deal with an Alcoholic – Admit to the Effects of Living with an Alcoholic

How to deal with the effects of living with (or caring for) an alcoholic:

  • Admit that living with an alcoholic is hurting you and your family.
  • Acknowledge the effects alcoholism is having on the alcoholic and those around them.
  • Talk about how you feel about the alcoholic’s behaviors. Allow others to do the same.
  • Be honest about your feelings with respect and do not threaten, bribe or make overly emotional appeals which may increase the alcoholic’s guilt.

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How to Deal with an Alcoholic – Stop Enabling the Alcoholic

Dealing with an alcoholic by not enabling the alcoholic in the following ways:

  • Do not make excuses for the alcoholic.
  • Do not take over the responsibilities of the alcoholic.
  • Do not cover up the actions, or the consequences of the actions, of the alcoholic.
  • Do not supply the alcoholic with alcohol.
  • Do not drink with the alcoholic.
  • Do not argue with the alcoholic when he is intoxicated.
  • Do not allow the alcoholic to pull people into his drama. For example, if the alcoholic is arrested for drinking and driving, do not try to get him out of it. The alcoholic created the problem and the alcoholic has to find a solution.

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It is not easy to deal with an alcoholic, but there are ways.  Some the suggestions offered could be an opening door into their recovery.  If you like to speak with someone at Bridgeway Behavioral Health about getting someone you hold dear some help, please contact us at 866-758-1152 or visit our site

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