Alcohol Intervention

Alcohol can have a wide range of effects on residents, causing an even wider range of problems when it comes to staging an intervention. The NIAAA has identified 5 types of alcoholism.

Functional Alcoholics

There are functional alcoholics, who can live lives that seem normal. Rarely missing work, clever, witty personalities and successful in many areas of their lives characterize the functional alcoholic – whose closest loved ones know the truth. Denial is a huge roadblock for this type of alcoholic because he can point to his functionality as a foolproof reason to continue drinking. Explaining that his alcohol consumption is equal to that of a “normal” alcoholic can help get a foot in the door for treatment. How the addiction is affecting those closest to him is another way to reach a functional alcoholic.

Chronic Severe Alcoholics

Only about 9% of alcoholics fall into this group, commonly including middle-aged or older individuals who also suffer from a mental health disorder (such as depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorder). Such severe alcoholism may run in the family. If you know an individual suffering from both a mental health disorder and alcoholism, you should search for rehab facilities that specialize in Dual Diagnosis Treatment.

Intermediate Familial Alcoholics

As the name suggests, these are people who have families (or are in a relationship). These alcoholics tend to have mental health problems and can become violent. Abusive tendencies in alcoholics make reaching them difficult for both parties. The addict is often a parent or significant other. Remember, her alcoholism is not your fault and you should never tolerate abuse. Get outside help from other friends and family members and approach this person together. Enrolling the help of an interventionist is highly recommended.

Young Adult Alcoholics & Young Antisocial Alcoholics

These two types of alcoholics are similar except that young antisocial alcoholics tend to be much more introverted. Oddly enough, however, young antisocial alcoholics are far more likely to get help for their addiction than young adult alcoholics. However you should expect resistance and defiance from young adult alcoholics.

Alcoholic Intervention Tips

  • Plan ahead. Where will you meet? When? Who’ll be there? What will you say?
  • Choose a rehab facility and have the addict’s bags packed before the intervention.
  • Approach the addict when he’s as sober as possible.
  • An intervention after a major event – job loss, financial trouble, incarceration – will reinforce your heartfelt sentiments to enter rehab.
  • Try to anticipate objections and counter with respectful reasons for getting treatment.
  • Be patient.

Intervention Help

A professional interventionist is a person who studies and trains to reach those who suffer from addiction. The rehab center you choose will likely be able to put you in touch with an experienced alcohol interventionist who will work with you to organize and plan an intervention. This can eliminate unnecessary stresses and allow you to focus on reaching the addict.

Alcohol Rehab Help

If you are trying to reach a alcohol, call now to speak with a live call center agent about alcohol and drug addiction treatment options. Our helpline is toll-free and open 24 hours a day. Ask how your insurance may be able to cover the costs of rehab.

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