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Why Can’t Alcoholics Just Stop Drinking?

When someone you love suffers from alcoholism, you may feel like you are at your wit’s end. You might ask yourself why that person can’t just stop drinking.

What Causes Alcoholism?

Every case of alcoholism is unique. When a person becomes addicted to alcohol, it is usually for very complicated and personal reasons. Scientists have discovered a genetic link to alcoholism, and they have also discovered that trauma, abuse, mental health issues and stress contribute to alcoholism.

No one chooses to become an alcoholic. Alcoholism is a chronic disease that becomes more complicated when the alcoholic feels shame and denial about the problem. In many cases, alcoholism is part of a Dual Diagnosis. That is, many alcoholics also have a mental health issue such as depression or anxiety. It is natural to want to try to self-medicate these problems with alcohol, but as you may already know, self-medicating an underlying issue causes more harm than good.

Alcoholism is a complicated disease that will not go away without effective and thorough treatment. Alcoholism is a progressive disease that will get worse over time. Alcoholics cannot just stop drinking because their body has become accustomed to the alcohol, and they experience withdrawal sensations when they stop drinking. Most alcoholics require professional, medically-supervised detox services when they choose to stop drinking.

Remember, most people who are addicted to alcohol live in a state of denial. Denial is part of the disease of alcoholism. They may deny that they need detox, and they may not fully understand just how addicted to alcohol they have become.

How to Help an Alcoholic

When someone you love is struggling with an addiction, you may feel helpless, frightened and confused. You may not be sure if the person you care about is truly an alcoholic, and you may not know how to help.

In some cases, you may be able to help stage an intervention for a loved one. An intervention is a loving and supportive meeting that brings loved ones together to firmly suggest and assist a person to receive rehab treatment. Interventions require a great deal of planning and the alcoholic must not know about the intervention beforehand.

We can help. We help families plan and arrange interventions every day. Learn how you can plan a life-changing intervention for someone today.

Alcoholism in Families

Alcoholism takes a serious toll on families. Children are especially vulnerable to the effects of alcoholics. Alcoholism can increase family violence, and it can tear families apart. Alcoholism can also ruin families financially due to the cost of the addiction and the effects of the addiction such as lost work time or missed bill payments.

Alcoholism can leave a lasting impression on a family. If you are seeking treatment for a loved one, ask about family outreach and assistance. Some newer, reputable treatment programs also offer family counseling sessions and family visitation to help heal the effects of alcoholism for the whole family. Call us to learn more.

Find Alcohol Help and Alcoholism Rehabilitation Now

We help individuals and families every day to find the help they need. We can offer assistance in rehab treatment placement, family support and more. We can even work with your insurance company to help arrange coverage for treatment. Call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline now to find out how we can help you.