How Do You Know When Your Spouse Is an Alcoholic?

How Do You Know When Your Spouse Is an Alcoholic?Life with an alcoholic spouse can be more than difficult; it can devastate you and your children. With the stability and security of your home-life disrupted, you may consider planning an intervention for your spouse who has become unbearable to live with. How do you know if your spouse needs rehab? There are few symptoms of alcoholism that can indicate a problem and that help is necessary.

Symptoms of Alcoholism

Some of the symptoms of alcoholism your spouse exudes might be unique to your situation. However the following can give you an insight as to whether or not your spouse struggles with alcoholism:

  • Anger and defensiveness cropping up when you mention that you believe the alcohol has become a problem.
  • Mood swings and even violence occurring for no apparent reason when drinking; domestic violence is never excusable, so be sure to seek out help before it escalates.
  • Money issues tend to also crop up when you are dealing with an alcoholic spouse: many alcoholics prefer spending money on alcohol versus important things like groceries and the mortgage.
  • Problems at work: being late, absenteeism or calling in sick too many times
  • Withdrawing from family and social situations in lieu of going out drinking or sleeping off last night’s bender.
  • Lies and even petty theft.

Living with an alcoholic spouse can severely jeopardize the stability of your relationship, as well as have long-lasting effects on your children. If you recognize some of these symptoms, the time to get help is now.

How to Help an Alcoholic Spouse

Planning an intervention for your spouse can be the first step in treating alcoholism. By helping your spouse understand that entering rehab can benefit the family, you will have a much better chance at helping your spouse embrace sobriety.

Remember that no addict or alcoholic can embrace sobriety without acknowledging the problem. While dealing with your alcoholic spouse, be careful that you don’t assign blame, react in anger, and you’re your spouse to feel worse about the problem.
During the intervention, however, you should make it abundantly clear that you wish for your spouse to seek help, but also clarify that you will not hang around for another five to ten years waiting for this problem to get fixed.

Help for an Alcoholic Spouse

Do not delay helping your alcoholic spouse. Our compassionate and knowledgeable counselors are waiting to answer your questions and to inform you about types of treatment. Calls are toll-free and completely confidential on our 24 hour helpline. We are here to offer a helping hand during a time when your family needs it. We can even help you arrange an intervention or negotiate insurance coverage with your insurance provider. Allow us to help you today.

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