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Watching a close friend with an alcohol disorder can be traumatizing. In your minds, there’d be battles and wars of how to rescue your friend. What’s that one thing that you can do to help the friend come out of the addiction? Sure that in any way you begin the recovering journey, it’s going to be a difficult one. But as they say, good things happen after several challenges. And, there’s always a silver lining giving you hope.
So, when you keep on doing your research via Internet, reading articles on how to support an alcoholic, you must never forget that nobody becomes an alcoholic overnight. Therefore, your help is not going to be successful overnight. When you start slow and steady, there are higher chances of you to win the race. In this case also, it’s the same!
Learn about the disorder
When you aren’t aware of what the disorder is, how would you be able to help your friend? Given that no one chooses to become alcoholic overnight, there are reasons behind. But unless you are aware of the disorder, it would become impossible to do your part on the recovery.
Alcohol disorder is way more than drinking too much. Identify whether your friend drinks in moderation when they say they will have just one peg. See a medical assistant and get to know about the disorder.
Prepare detox program at home
Isn’t it better to offer your support rather than visit www.rehabclinic.org.uk? So, if you can live with your friend for one or two months, you can also prepare some detox program. You can make a new food routine for him and include some food that can help in detoxification.
Focus more on sleep and reduce levels of sugar intake from food. Maybe, the evening can be spent together by sipping black coffee and lots of gossips? Say no to processed food for the time being.
Let your friend know that you’re by their side
When you aim at rescuing someone from their alcohol behavior, give them the hope that they always have your back. Say, ‘I understand’. Tell that ‘I care for you’. The more you say things like these, there will be higher chances of rescuing him.
Make sure that you are prepared for all responses. Don’t be concerned about the reaction. Stay calm and composed. Let your friend know that you respect and support him.
Choose your conversations carefully
You cannot blame yourself for being a friend to an alcoholic, no never! Always choose to make the right use of words, and stop thinking negatively. Always remember that your help is what matters the most at the current phase of life. Never get out of track and end up with a fight. Use right words and communicate wisely.
That’s it. With these things kept in mind, you can help your close one to come out of the depressive alcoholic stage of life. Remember, the small things you do for people, it’s always appreciated. Who knows, your friend could be your future well-wisher!?