Thanks for joining us for part three of our series on dealing with drunk family members during the holiday season. If you're just now joining us, part one talked about how taking a trip and rescheduling the holidays to an off day are great options. To jump back to part one, click here. Part two discussed having a dry celebration, playing the bartender, and avoiding isolation. Click here to read the second installment.
In our final piece we will touch on the importance of encouraging your loved one to get treatment, and what to do if the situation turns out to be really bad. If you, or a loved one needs Columbus OH alcohol rehab or drug treatment services, please call Legacy Freedom today to speak with an admissions counselor.
Drunk Family and the Holidays
Encourage Your Loved One to Get Treatment - If you really want to get your loved one the help they need, encourage them to get the treatment they deserve. It will be hard to get them to listen because alcoholics, and addicts, do not want to face the reality of change. However, real change is what they need.
Tell your loved one how much it hurts you and your other family members to see them engaging in these bad behaviors. Tell them that you will no longer enable them or tolerate their drinking. Draw a line in the sand and let them know that your relationship will have to change if they do not seek out help and get help for their drinking.
You might feel like this is a strong-arm tactic, but sometimes you are left no choice. The biggest thing is that you have to mean it. You have to also want to change and stick to your guns if they do not comply with your requests for them to get help.
Since the holidays are a time to celebrate family, celebrate yours by urging them to seek out Columbus OH alcohol rehab.
How Bad Is the Situation? So how bad is it? Is the person so messed up that you fear for your safety, or the safety of your children or other loved ones? If you have a family member that is consistently getting out of control during the holiday then it may be time to just remove yourself from the situation. Never stay put during a situation where you or someone you love may be in harms way.
The best thing you can do in a situation like this is to leave and call law enforcement if this your home. There is no real easy answer here, but at least with law enforcement present the situation can be diffused by trained individuals.
Just remember that you're not responsible for your loved one’s problems with alcohol, or their actions. However, you are responsible for keeping your loved ones safe, and you cannot continue to condone and enable their problematic drinking either.
Holistic Columbus OH Alcohol Rehab and Drug Treatment at Legacy Freedom
Do you have a family member that needs treatment for a heavy drinking problem? Legacy Freedom can help them. Please call our Columbus OH alcohol rehab center to speak with a friend about how our services will get them sober again. You are not alone in these struggles and there is no reason to be afraid to get your loved one help. Our caring admissions counselors can answer any question you may have about our outpatient treatment options. These programs have been specifically designed to let them, or you, continue to work, go to school, and enjoy the holidays with family. Call us today to discuss the many treatment options we offer for alcoholics and addicts of all types. We want to be a part of your recovery, so please don't wait - let us help your family.