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What To Do for an Alcoholic and What NOT To Do

addiction and alcoholism are believed to be a learned behavior that is masking a person's emotional or physical pain. There are almost as many treatments as there are addicts and alcoholics. Educate yourself before making any type of life-changing decison regarding alcoholism, addiction and substance abuse treatment.

What Not To Do

" Don't attempt to punish, threaten, bribe, or preach.
" Don't try to be a martyr. Avoid emotional appeals that may only increase feelings of guilt and the compulsion to drink or use other drugs.
" Don't allow yourself to cover up or make excuses for the alcoholic or drug addict or shield them from the realistic consequences of their behavior.
" Don't take over their responsibilities, leaving them with no sense of importance or dignity.

" Don't hide or dump bottles, throw out drugs, or shelter them from situations where alcohol is present.
" Don't argue with the person when they are impaired or high.
" Don't try to drink along with the problem drinker or take drugs with the drug abuser.

" Above all, don't feel guilty or responsible for another's behavior.

What To Do

" Try to remain calm, unemotional, and factually honest in speaking about their behavior and its day-to-day consequences.
" Let the person with the problem know that you are reading and learning about alcohol and other drug abuse, attending Al-Anon, Nar-Anon, Alateen, and other support groups.
" Discuss the situation with someone you trust -- someone from the clergy, a social worker, a counselor, a friend, or some individual who has experienced alcohol or other drug abuse personally or as a family member.
" Establish and maintain a healthy atmosphere in the home, and try to include the alcohol/drug abuser in family life.
" Explain the nature of alcoholism and other drug addiction as an illness to the children in the family.
" Encourage new interests and participate in leisure time activities that the person enjoys. Encourage them to see old friends.
" Be patient and live one day at a time. Alcoholism and other drug addiction generally takes a long time to develop, and recovery does not occur overnight. Try to accept setbacks and relapses with calmness and understanding.
" Refuse to ride with anyone who's been drinking heavily or using other drugs.

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