Knowing that a loved one has an alcohol addiction can be a difficult situation for many reasons. The first issue that many spouses and family members run into is how to discuss this drinking problem with their loved one. You may be going back and forth in your head wondering if they really have a problem, or if they just like to drink. In reality, alcoholism can tear a family apart and be potentially fatal.
Misconceptions about Alcohol Addiction
People all over the world consume alcohol, which makes drinking seem normal. However, with thousands of people dying from alcohol-related health issues and fatal accidents, excessive drinking has become a huge problem. The first thing you can do to help your loved one is to stop subscribing to misconceptions about alcoholism.
Someone with an alcohol addiction doesn’t need to be broke, jobless, or homeless. Another misconception is that you need to have had legal troubles like a DUI in order to have a problem. In reality, alcoholism goes untreated far too often because of these misconceptions. The more you know about what to look for, the sooner you can help.
What Does Alcohol Addiction Look Like?
The signs of alcoholism can be subtle, so it’s important to know what to look for when trying to help. Addiction is a progressive disease, so the good news is the sooner you get your loved one help, the easier he is to treat. Some of the signs that you should look for with your loved one’s drinking include:
- Does he ever drink more than what he intended to?
- Does he regularly turn to alcohol when dealing with the stresses of life?
- Has he ever mentioned that he’s thinking about not drinking anymore?
- Has he ever lied about drinking?
- Does he get defensive when approached about his drinking?
Many people develop severe alcohol addictions because they try to normalize their drinking. Sometimes as a family member, it’s easier to justify or rationalize the problem rather than face it. Don’t wait for the problem to escalate, allow Serenity Lodge to help your family begin the healing process.
About Serenity Lodge Lake Arrowhead
Located in California, Serenity Lodge offers a life-changing alcohol rehab. While your loved one is in treatment, he’ll be surrounded by his peers and feel comfortable opening up in groups. When your loved one comes to our facility, they’ll see that they are free to get to the root of their problems without judgment.
Our facility is located near beautiful Lake Arrowhead, and we take pride in our amenity-rich facility. Addiction therapy is a huge part of our program, but we also want to show your loved one that it’s possible to enjoy life again. Our facility has a movie theater, pool, golf course, and much more so your loved one can be as comfortable as possible. Part of alcohol addiction recovery is being able to see that life without alcohol can be amazing.
Restore hope within your family. Call Serenity Lodge today at 866-379-4365.