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If you are concerned about your alcoholic spouse’s well-being, there are several steps you can take to help them get the help they need.

Express your concern: Start by expressing your concern and support for their well-being. Try to avoid being confrontational or judgmental, as this may cause them to become defensive.

Educate yourself: Learn about alcoholism and the treatment options available, so that you can offer informed guidance and support. This can also help you better understand what your spouse is going through.

Encourage professional help: Encourage your spouse to seek professional help from a licensed healthcare provider who specializes in addiction treatment. Offer to help them find resources and support.

Attend support groups: Encourage your spouse to attend support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or SMART Recovery. Consider attending support groups yourself, as this can provide you with valuable support and guidance.

Set boundaries: It is important to set boundaries with your spouse, such as refusing to enable their addiction or putting your own well-being at risk. Consider seeking support from a therapist or support group for yourself as well.

Consider family therapy: Family therapy can be a helpful tool in addressing addiction in loved ones, as it can help address underlying family dynamics and provide a supportive environment for all family members.

Remember, addiction is a complex disease and recovery is a journey. It may take time and multiple attempts to achieve sobriety, but with the right support and resources, it is possible.