Are you dealing with alcohol dependency?
Alcoholism has been a perennial problem affecting American society for decades. It has taken a toll on families.
To show us how this problem has worsened over the years, the Center for Disease Control says that about 25.1% of adults have at least one heavy drink per day. This, of course, includes those who go beyond five ounces of alcohol a day.
The approach to treating this problem has always been consistent. But there is a lot more to be done when the problem itself is deeply rooted.
Treating alcoholism should start with recognizing the factors that have led to alcohol dependence. Then, come up with the right treatment plans based on these factors.
Here’s a guide on how you can help someone you know break free from the bottle and the risks it entails.
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Intervene and lend a listening ear
Alcoholism often results from psychological conditions that either pre-existed or developed over time.
Trauma and depression are just some of the factors that push someone into getting drunk. This is also a form of self-harm.
When a person’s sole reason for drinking heavily stems from a desire for self-harm, it would be best to sit down and discuss the underlying issues that led to the drinking problem with a trained professional.
If you are listening to your friend or family member’s issues, you might want to give your take on the problem while providing solace.
Don’t be preachy as you do so. Empathy is the first and most important ingredient for