It is time to face facts and admit that you have a drinking problem if you find that one day cannot pass without you imbibing alcohol. For all intents and purposes, alcohol addiction is a disease. However, it is treatable. In order for one to be successfully cured of his or her alcohol addiction, he must first have the strong desire to be cured of it. Acceptance is the first step. If you hope to lead the alcohol addict on his road to recovery, he must first recognize that he does have a problem and must want to get rid of it. But you should not expect this problem to be solved so quickly because it is quite a daunting task. There are particular ways that a person could employ in order to handle someone suffering from alcohol addiction and convince him to be serious about taking the necessary steps to be free of the addiction.

It is sometimes difficult to recognize alcoholism for what it is in the beginning since there aren't a lot of negative outcomes or results associated with it. The best thing one can do would be to let things run its course as you remain vigilant and come in at the opportune moment to show him the negative effects of his addiction to alcohol. Make him face up to the fact that he has a problem that he has brought down on himself and he should be prepared to take responsibility for it. At the first sign of distress, do not let them know that you'll be ready to help. In this way, the addicted person will realize early on that his actions affect everyone around him, not only himself or herself, as the case may be.

Keep a safe distance in your intervention measures, where by your efforts to bring a change in the addicted person is not that plain to him or her. But you should test the waters carefully. Do not push too hard, too soon. Try to get a feel of things so you'll know when to open your mouth to say something and when to remain quiet. The person won't think that you are judging him if you do this. Make it a point to hold a conversation with them when they are drunk. Similarly, once they are sober, carry on conversing with them. Keeping a listening ear open to whatever they have to say, even if they are still in denial over the whole alcohol addiction problem.

Observe when they reach the point when your gentle prods and nudges eventually start making cracks through their barriers. When they admit that they want help, that is the time that you start campaigning for them taking treatments. At this stage, you'd require the help of someone who knows a lot of things about alcoholism and the issues that go along with it. You are an integral player in the alcohol addict's battle against alcoholism and his journey towards complete recovery. If there are Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings in your area, sign him up. If you have to, accompany him during the first few meetings to lend support. You don't have to go with him all the time. There comes a point when you have to step back and let him continue attending the sessions alone.

Relapses are expected in some people, but paying close attention as they put in their effort and desire toward treatment and recovery, you can also chip in and remind them what is expected of them. Starting the treatment for alcoholic addiction until such time that they are pronounced completely recovered is not an easy or a quick journey. This would require a lot of patience on your part and the addicted person's part. Let the whole process run its course.

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