Whether it’s for yourself or someone you care about, getting help with alcohol in Los Angeles can be critically important. There’s this misconception that for someone to need to get help, they have to hit rock bottom first. ideally, it’s better to get help before you actually get to rock bottom. That way, you or someone you care about doesn’t have to put a significant strain (if not outright ruin) on their relationships, financial situations, and life in general. There are some things to keep in mind if you’ve decided to talk to someone you care about who may be drinking too much.
Interventions Don’t Have to be Like on TV
We’ve all seen interventions on television: dramatic speeches, plenty of crying, finger-pointing, a fight or two, the threat of the cops outside, all that kind of thing. While that makes for good TV, it may not make for a good intervention. Indeed, it’s entirely possible that making a big, tearful production out of things could keep the other person from getting the help and treatment that they might need. After all, the last thing you want to do is push someone further into detail. We recommend taking a different approach if possible.
Talk to Them When they’re Sober
It’s natural to want to unload on someone you care about who’s been drinking too much when they’re drunk, but it may not be productive. Talking to them when they aren’t intoxicated can be far more effective. They’re more likely to be receptive, and they’re certainly more likely to pay attention and remember. It can ultimately be less frustrating for both of you.
Be Clear, Honest and Specific
Explain to the person how their drinking has negatively impacted their relationships and their life. Use specific examples if possible. That’s not to say that you need to have a list printed up or something, but you will want to speak as clearly as possible. Part of that includes not assigning blame. This can be very difficult, but you want to emphasize your feelings, and the feelings of others, as well as the concerns that come from their drinking. Again, blaming the other person could cause them to recoil and retreat from you, which is the last thing you want. Specifically mentioning the times that their drinking became harmful can do wonders here as well.
Further Help with Alcohol in Los Angeles
Another good thing to mention when you talk to the person you care about that’s been drinking too much is to state your boundaries for the future. That might mean not covering for them, it might mean severing the relationship, or it could mean something else. That part is up to you. No matter what you say, you want to tell the other person that you’re there to help them seek treatment. We know how difficult this can be. For more help, or to get someone you care about to Carus Recovery, you can message us through our site or call (888) 616-9024.