How to help an alcoholic stop drinking

We will reveal to you the secrets of a simple and effective strategy. It will help you deal with alcoholism, bring a person back to full life, where there is no place for alcohol. The main condition of our recommendations is their application.

Alcoholism has become a global problem that takes thousands of lives a year. The person does not notice how he uses more and more every day. Relatives try to persuade the patient to seek treatment, but as a rule they do not know how to help the alcoholic to stop drinking. Our center employs experienced specialists, who select the therapy taking into account a number of individual factors.

help the alcoholic to stop drinking

Why emotional stability of relatives is important

Alcoholism leads to personality degradation, loss of connection with society. Most addicts are not considered sick, they promise to stop drinking if they want to. A person loses a sense of duty to family and society. Treatments are persuaded, threats are ignored or lead to aggression.

When dealing with an addict, you as a relative or loved one need to be emotionally stable. If you are depressed, nervous, show aggression, you can hardly help an alcoholic with anything. We always warmly recommend people living with an addict to start with themselves. Take care of your condition, try to compose yourself, control your emotions.

Which methods are not worth wasting time on

When relatives fail to persuade a patient to give up alcohol, they often resort to ineffective treatments out of desperation. Relatives turn to psychics, conspired grandmothers, healers, who have become very popular. They promise to get rid of the disease in one session, not understanding what changes are happening in the patient’s body due to the action of ethanol. For services "experts" take a lot of money.

Meanwhile, alcoholism causes not only physical but also mental addiction. This requires long-term complex treatment. It will not be possible to solve it in one session - the craving for alcohol sits deep in your head.

Traditional medicines do not cure addiction. They give the same effect as the use of drug therapy to cleanse the body. Such methods can only be considered as a way to prevent intoxication.

Coding has become a popular technique. It consists of giving medication or affecting the patient's subconscious. Many addicts have gone through this procedure, but the statisticsare disappointing: only 1% of alcoholics have started to lead a sober lifestyle.They understood the disease and were motivated, that is, the effect of coding came from their own desire to get rid of alcoholism.

Conversation, addict motivation

People with alcoholism don't think alcohol is a problem. They do not go to the doctors, they do not react to the words of their relatives. Tears, threats most often do not affect a person. Mental addiction changes opinions, attitudes towards people. Patients believe they are healthy, they should not stop drinking.

In order for a person to agree to a complex treatment, he needs motivation - intervention. You may be encouraged to have therapy at the family council. There is no need to shout at the patient, you accuse him of drinking alcohol. It is important that he can understand:

  • you need to live by certain rules so as not to lose the affection of your relatives;
  • cannot be manipulated, deceived relatives;
  • With consent to therapy, loved ones will be supported until full recovery.

The alcoholic must understand that if he continues to drink, he will have to face all the problems face to face. In case of deception, relatives will no longer sponsor, cover, try to help, create a pleasant drinking environment.

Complex treatment of alcoholism

The most effective method of dealing with addiction is gradual therapy. Thanks to the complex treatment in which narcologists, psychologists, psychotherapists participated, tens of thousands of people managed to overcome the disease, return to their former life and renew their families. Therapy includes 3 main phases: detoxification, rehabilitation, social adaptation.


When drinking alcohol, toxic decomposition products of ethyl alcohol accumulate in the blood. They poison the body, disrupt the work of all organs and systems. Detoxification is performed for cleaning. It is also necessary to get out of drunkenness, alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal.

Cleans with infusion therapy, hardware techniques. The method of detoxification depends on the length of use, the degree of intoxication, concomitant diseases and the general condition of the patient. Drops often include:

  • saline;
  • vitamins;
  • sedatives;
  • hepatoprotectors;
  • diuretics;
  • drugs to normalize the psycho-emotional background, support the work of the heart and blood vessels.

After the procedure, the person gets rid of physical suffering, but psychological dependence remains, so further therapy (rehabilitation) is needed.

At the request of the patient, we include one of the coding methods in the complex treatment. This is not a “magic wand” that cures disease. It helps the patient to curb cravings, while in rehabilitation, to learn to live without addiction.


The person is sent to a rehabilitation center to recover. When choosing an institution, it is important to consider which recovery programs the clinic uses, whether it has documents for the treatment of addicts. There are many organizations in Russia that offer their therapeutic methods. We use efficient methods of rehabilitation, we have a license to perform medical activities.

Doctors select recovery programs individually. The most popular are the 12 steps, daytop, therapeutic community. These are effective methods that have been helping to deal with severe alcoholism for over 50 years. They are used all over the world.

The duration of the stay in the center is about 4 to 6 months (only after the completion of the entire course the result can be guaranteed). According to statistics, the percentage of recovery is reduced by treatment shorter than 5 months. During rehabilitation, doctors:

  • "reprogram" the patient;
  • transform thinking;
  • help find a new meaning to life;
  • learn to live without alcohol.

At this stage there is an opportunity to understand the mistakes of a past life, to ask forgiveness from relatives. It is very important to understand that alcoholism is a problem to be dealt with.

During the rehabilitation period, we provide help not only to addicts, but also to relatives, because alcoholism is a problem for the whole family.

Social adaptation

After returning from the center, an equally important recovery process begins. The person continues to work on himself - the period of social adaptation is passing. At the center, the patient is limited by the outside world and problems, but upon returning home he has a complex of fears.

One of them is the fear of society. It is related to the fact that the patient in the institution communicated only with doctors and people who were being treated for alcoholism. After rehabilitation, he returns to his familiar environment, where he once drank alcohol. There is a fear that the addiction will return again, and this is logical, because the person is at home again. Psychologists believe that after returning it is necessary to continue attending individual or group sessions.

Meetings are usually held 2-3 times a week. The group includes 3-5 people who are on therapy. Social adaptation takes about 2 months. In some patients this period lasts up to 6-7 months. In the period of social adaptation, it is extremely important to attend the meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, based on the principles of the "12 steps" program. If a person feels insecure, afraid of breakdown, can go to sessions every day.