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What to Do if Your Loved One Is Abusing Alcohol

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Watching a loved one battle an alcohol addiction is not easy. You may feel somewhat helpless about how to best support them and get them the treatment they need. You may feel frustrated or even mad and confused about the situation. You’re not alone. Millions of people in the world are battling an addiction, and most people in the United States alone have someone close to them battling it. The good news is that there is help. Professional addiction treatment facilities exist all across the country to help you get your loved one the help they need. The team at Palo Verde Wellness can help answer any questions you have about alcohol addiction treatment in the greater Palm Springs area.

Signs of Alcohol Abuse

If you are unsure what the signs of alcohol abuse look like, we can help. When someone loses control and becomes fully dependent on alcohol to get through their day, the signs will be apparent. Sadly, alcohol takes over and can become a person’s sole reason for existing. Addiction becomes a vicious cycle of dependence where the more alcohol they consume, the more they need to achieve their desired effect. This makes it even harder when they finally seek recovery and stop drinking. This withdrawal from alcohol can be the most challenging first step.

The physical signs of alcoholism may look different from person to person, but there are some consistencies, including:

  • Lack of coordination or impaired equilibrium
  • Redness in the face
  • Slurring
  • Cravings that are out of control
  • A general state of anger or frustration

Substance use disorders like an addiction to alcohol can develop slowly. So you may not notice these signs at first. But over time, as your loved one’s consumption increases, they become less careful about hiding their addiction.

How to Help a Loved One with Alcohol Abuse

If you are ready to get a loved one help with alcohol addiction treatment, then it’s time to seek professional help. Seek the guidance of a trusted medical professional, especially if you have tried to talk some sense into your loved one yourself but have gotten nowhere. As a family member or caregiver, you may also feel overwhelmed with this responsibility for your loved one’s well-being. Know that you are not alone and that the team at Palo Verde Wellness is here to help. Try some of these tips to help you help a loved one get the help they need:

  • Choose a time and place where you won’t be interrupted or distracted from talking to your loved one.
  • Make sure your loved one is sober when you approach them about getting treatment.
  • Write down what you want to say and practice, so you don’t forget in the heat of the moment.
  • Be supportive, be positive, and show your love for them.
  • Tell them how you plan to support them during treatment and recovery.
  • Be prepared for how they will react, whether positively or negatively.

Alcoholism affects the whole family, so when you make a plan for a loved one to get treatment, make sure you are taking care of yourself as well. Consider family therapy as part of your loved one’s treatment so that you educate yourself about addiction, and your loved one knows you are there to support them in good times and in bad. There are also support groups dedicated to getting the family members of alcoholics together to share experiences and support each other.

Palo Verde Wellness Can Help with Addiction

At Palo Verde Wellness, we know what to look for when it comes to alcohol addiction, and we can help guide you as well. Having a family that cares enough about you to find you the help you need is a special gift. Our treatment team will do everything in their power to make sure that it is the gift that keeps on giving until lifelong sobriety is achieved.

Call on us for treatments such as:

  • Life skills training
  • Nutrition education and counseling
  • Experiential therapies like yoga therapy
  • Sound bath therapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy

We are just a phone call away at 760-209-6683. Learn more about all of the options for addiction treatment.