Alcoholic in the Family

Your husband has always enjoyed having drinks with the guys, or at parties. Lately, however, it seems like he’s drinking all the time, even when there’s nothing to celebrate. He opens a bottle of beer or pours himself some hard liquor as a way to deal with just about anything: stress, bad (or good) times, or “just because.” He’s missing work because he is constantly hungover. You are worried that he is going to get arrested for DWI (Driving While Intoxicated).

Your wife has always enjoyed a few cocktails with her girlfriends, but lately, you notice those liquor bottles in the cabinet are empty, and only she has been around them. You worry that she is drinking while you’re at work and you fear for the safety and welfare of your children.

Your teenager started drinking at parties on weekends. Now it seems like he’s out every night and comes home way past curfew – if he even comes home at all. His grades are slipping, his relationships have changed for the worst, and he seems like a totally different person.

If any of the above scenarios are familiar to you, then you most likely have an alcoholic in the family.

Life with an Alcoholic Family Member

Similar situations are experienced by families across the country. If a member of your family is an alcoholic, you know how stressful life can be. Your loved one’s alcohol dependency has turned your family dynamics upside down. You feel like you’ve lost your spouse or teenager to booze, and the rest of your family is paying the price. Despite your efforts to change your family member’s behavior, he or she continues to drink. As the problem worsens, you can’t help but feel enraged, sad, depressed, anxious, worried, embarrassed, and afraid. You might even feel total resentment. Life with an alcoholic is like a rollercoaster ride; the only difference is that it’s never any fun.

Don’t let alcohol destroy your family. You can help your loved one find the professional help and take back control of your lives.

The Effects of Alcoholism on the Family

Alcohol is extremely damaging to the person who abuses it. It causes serious physical, mental, and emotional problems. The alcoholic isn’t the only person that this dreaded, yet all-too-common disease affects; it affects every member of the family, too.

In most alcoholics’ families, a variety of problems can arise. Screaming matches, strife, and financial hardships are not uncommon. Children and spouses of alcoholics often blame themselves, and exhibit signs of depression and anxiety. The entire family unit feels as if they are walking on eggshells around their alcoholic loved one, and tries to avoid triggering the alcoholic from picking up a drink. Marriages become broken. Children may be changed forever. In fact, research has shown that children of alcoholics are more likely to become alcoholics themselves.

Don’t Give Up! There is Hope

If a family member is abusing and is dependent on alcohol, don’t give up! Professionals at an alcohol rehabilitation center can give your loved one help to beat the addiction. Your entire family can receive support while navigating through life and recovery with an alcoholic.

There are several treatment options available to alcoholics, including inpatient rehab. In these facilities, patients reside for a predetermined amount of time. During treatment, patients undergo medically supervised detox and receive therapy, counseling, and the support needed to recover from alcohol addiction. Being removed from the stresses of everyday life can be beneficial for alcoholics, as it allows them the chance to break away from triggers that cause their drinking. They can completely focus on their recovery.

Outpatient rehab is another treatment option available for alcoholics. With outpatient rehab, the alcoholic resides at home while receiving treatment from a professional therapist. They will meet on a regular basis to uncover the triggers that have led to alcoholism. The family member will learn coping mechanisms for those triggers in healthy ways, without turning to alcohol. He or she might also be encouraged to attend group sessions with other alcoholics for additional support. Other types of therapies are available, too, such as marriage and family therapy, which can help to restore balance within the family unit.

The only way that your loved one will be able to overcome alcoholism is by completely committing to sobriety by never drinking again. Very rarely do alcoholics successfully achieve sobriety without receiving professional help. Whether your family member attends  an inpatient or outpatient treatment center, either can give the much-needed support to overcome alcoholism. You and your family also can receive the support needed to rebuild your trust in the alcoholic and restore your family.

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Don’t let alcoholism take control of your family! If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol abuse and dependency, please contact us today. Our professional counselors will provide the resources needed to help your family member overcome addiction, so that your entire family can get their positive lives back.