10 Things to Stop Doing If You Love an Alcoholic

Coping When a Parent Has an Alcohol or Drug Problem

10 Things to Stop Doing If You Love an Alcoholic

If you live with a parent who has an alcohol or drug problem, you're not alone. Alcohol problems and addictions to drugs (such as opioids) are called substance use disorders.

Substance use disorders harm a person's health, and change the way they act. They cause problems at home and work. It's not easy living with someone who has a substance use problem. Especially if it's your parent.

If you are going through this, tell someone what it's for you. Get the support you need and deserve.

What's it to Live With a Parent Who Has a Substance Use Problem?

Living with a parent who has a substance use problem is hard. It can affect how you feel and act. It can affect your family life too. What it's is different for each person. Here are some common examples. See if some of them describe what's it's for you.

How people might feel. Some people feel:

  • embarrassed, angry, or sad about a parent's substance use
  • worried about their parent's health or safety
  • worried for themselves, siblings, or their other parent
  • scared, alone, or unsafe at home
  • frustrated when their parent doesn't change
  • relieved when a parent takes steps to recover
  • it's hard to trust or relax
  • they have to be an adult before they're ready
  • overwhelmed
  • depressed or anxious

How people might act. Some people:

  • try hard not to upset a parent who drinks too much
  • try to stay a parent's way
  • may not speak up, or ask for what they need
  • keep their feelings to themselves
  • keep their parent's problem a secret
  • hide what their life is at home
  • avoid having friends over because they never know how their parent will act
  • miss school, or have trouble keeping up with schoolwork
  • take on adult tasks
  • argue or fight with a parent
  • harm themselves
  • act they don't care, even if they are hurting

How family life might be affected. In some families with substance problems:

  • a parent has trouble keeping a job or paying the bills
  • there may not be enough food or money
  • older siblings may have to take care of younger ones
  • parents mistreat, abuse, or neglect their children
  • a parent may drive drunk or high. They may get into trouble, get hurt, or hurt others.
  • kids might have to live somewhere else to be protected or cared for
  • parents split up or divorce
  • relatives or friends step in to help
  • parents get help and recover

What Can I Do?

If you're living with a parent who has a substance use problem, you might be having a tough time. Reach out to others for safety, help, and support. Here are some things to do:

Open up to someone. Talk to a good friend. Also talk to an adult you trust. For example, a teacher, doctor, therapist, or relative. Let them know what you're going through. It can be a relief to share what it's for you. And they may be able to help you in other ways.

Know that it's not your fault. Some people blame themselves for their parent's substance use. They may think about times when a parent was angry or blamed them. They may wonder if they caused a parent to drink or use drugs. But kids can't cause a parent's substance problem.

Know and name your emotions. Don't bury your feelings or pretend that everything's OK. Notice how a parent's substance problem makes you feel. It's OK to feel the way you do. Use words (and not harmful actions) to express how you feel and why.

Find a support group. Find a group Al-Anon/Alateen (they have a 24-hour hotline at 1-800-344-2666) or go online for help. Join a support group. Talking with others who are going through the same thing can help you cope.

Find a safe place. Do you avoid home as much as possible? Are you thinking about running away? If you feel you're not safe at home, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-SAFE. If you think you or another family member could be in danger, call 911.

Build good habits. Some people learn not to speak up or show emotion. They worry it may trigger a parent's drinking or substance use. Habits these may help you survive tough times at home.

But they may not work in other parts of your life. Being able to speak up, say how you feel, and show emotion helps you have good relationships in the future.

Sometimes people need therapy to build good habits they were not able to learn living with an alcoholic or addicted parent.

Stop the cycle. People who have parents with substance use problems are at higher risk of having these problems too. A support group or therapy can help you learn how to avoid this risk. 

Источник: https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/coping-alcoholic.html

The dos and don’ts of dealing with an alcoholic partner

10 Things to Stop Doing If You Love an Alcoholic

The dos and don’ts of dealing with an alcoholic partner The dos and don’ts of dealing with an alcoholic partner

If you are living with an alcoholic partner, you have probably faced a lot of challenges and experienced many different emotions. Right now, you may be exhausted from having to pick up more of the responsibilities, terrified about the health and future of everyone in your household, as well as sad and angry about the situation that you are currently living in.  

Dealing within an alcoholic partner can have a massive impact on a person’s life. Within this blog, we will look at the dos and don’ts of living with someone addicted to alcohol. We have also put together the dos and don’ts of talking to the person about their drinking, which you can use if and when you are ready to have this conversation.

The dos of living with an alcoholic partner

Living with an alcoholic partner can be physically and emotionally draining. Learning how to deal with an alcoholic spouse as well as looking after yourself can be stressful and often, support is needed to help manage. We have put together some recommendations on how to look after yourself and the other people living in your household.

  • DO try to maintain a level of normality throughout your days. Stick to a family routine, so go to work, eat meals, relax and go to bed at the same time every day
  • DO focus on yourself and the others in your household who are affected by your alcoholic partner. This should be your priority, so concentrate on yours and their physical and mental health
  • DO learn to step back. We understand that this is a really difficult thing to do, but if you try to step in and save the person every time there is an incident or issue, their alcohol addiction is ly to continue. They may need a crisis to happen in order for them to recognise that they need to change
  • DO seek outside support. It is important to have a trusted group of people who can listen and support you. As well as speaking with close friends and family members, think about joining a group Al-Anon, where you get to speak to people who have had similar experiences with family members. Alternatively, you may want to try seeing a therapist, so that you can get the right level of support you need and are able to stay well

The don’ts of living with an alcoholic partner

  • DON’T give up. Remember that you are not alone and you can handle today. There are people who care about you and who will support you so that things can get better
  • DON’T focus your time and energy on trying to control or stop your partner’s drinking.

    We understand that this can be tough as you care for the person and have a history together, regardless of how much they have hurt you. But remember, they can’t control their drinking, so it is highly unly that you will be able to change it either.

    Also, withdrawing from alcohol can be extremely dangerous and even life threatening, so if the person does decide to stop, they should access professional support to do so.

    Encourage them to speak to their GP or get in contact with a specialist treatment centre to discuss the best steps forward

  • DON’T spend your time and energy on covering up for the person.

    It is ly that they won’t want other people to know how much they drink, but it isn’t your responsibility to help them try and keep it a secret

  • DON’T remain in a position where you feel that you and others in your household are physically or emotionally unsafe. Seek immediate professional support and don’t try to handle the situation yourself

The dos of talking to your alcoholic partner about their drinking

The idea of talking to your alcoholic partner about their drinking can be daunting. We have put together advice so you can go into the conversation with confidence, and make sure that it is as effective as possible.

  • DO carry out some research and get a good understanding of alcohol addiction beforehand. This knowledge can help you when explaining the types of behaviour that are worrying you. It can also help you to recognise any attempts to deceive or undermine you, which your alcoholic partner may try to do during the conversation
  • DO look into the addiction treatment that is available in your area. That way, if your partner decides that it is the right time to think about getting help, you can show them the professional support that is available to them
  • DO have the conversation when they are sober. That way, they are more ly to listen to what you have to say
  • DO let them know the impact that their drinking is having on you and others within the household. By keeping the conversation on you rather than them, it can help them to understand the emotional impact of their drinking. You could say something : “You came home really drunk and woke up the children. I’m really worried about the impact that this will have on them. What can we do about this?” Or: “You didn’t come home last night. I’m starting to feel really alone. What can we do to address this?”
  • DO let them know that you love them and will be there to support them through their recovery. Admitting that they have a problem and accessing support can be really scary, so knowing that they have your support can help to get them on the right path

The don’ts of talking to your alcoholic partner about their drinking

  • DON’T talk to them when they’re drunk. They are unly to take in what you have to say and may become defensive and angry, making it an even more challenging situation
  • DON’T shout, judge or blame.

    This may understandably be very hard, because of the pain that they have put you through, but the person is ly grappling with a lot of fear and shame, so approaching the conversation in a negative way could cause them to retreat further away from you into their addiction

  • DON’T accept that you are the reason for their drinking or any requests for you to change your behaviour. An alcoholic partner may say that they’ll cut down if you don’t nag them, tell anyone or put pressure on them. Remember that this isn’t your fault, and that the person would be battling with an alcohol problem whether or not they were with you
  • DON’T rush into coming up with a plan together and avoid having unrealistic expectations, even if they say that they are going to cut down or stop drinking. We understand that this can be difficult as you want this part of your life to be over. Instead, allow there to be a period of reflection after the conversation, and continue to express yourself openly and honestly. If they want to change, encourage them to take small steps, getting in contact with their GP to discuss their options

Alcohol addiction treatment at Priory Group

At Priory Group, we have rehabilitation centres throughout the UK. Typically, when a person comes to us with an alcohol addiction, they will go through an Addiction Treatment Programme, which includes the following:

  • A pre-assessment meet-up with one or two members of our team, where they have a chance to look around the facility and get any questions answered
  • An addiction assessment, where one of our team works with them to determine the best approach for their treatment and recovery
  • Medically-assisted detoxification, so the person can rid their body of alcohol in a safe space
  • A residential programme, where they have an opportunity to learn about their addiction and take steps towards their recovery, through group and one-to-one therapy, workshops, seminars and individual working time
  • An aftercare programme, where the person attends weekly sessions following on from their residential stay, allowing them to continue getting the support they need as they take their first steps on their journey to recovery

Coronavirus information

In light of the coronavirus outbreak, our addiction treatment team have been working hard to quickly and effectively adapt our practices so that we are able to safely provide addiction support.

We are able to offer free addiction assessments via the telephone or through online communication platforms such as Skype. And for people within our residential treatment programme, we are ensuring social distancing measures and infection control measures are adhered to.

Our online therapy service — Priory Connect — also allows us to provide therapy sessions with highly trained therapists who are experts in their fields. Find out more information about our online therapy service.

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