Dealing with a severe alcoholic can be challenging and stressful, but there are some strategies that can help:
Encourage them to seek professional help: You can help the alcoholic by encouraging them to seek professional help, such as addiction counseling or a rehabilitation program.
Set boundaries: Set clear boundaries and communicate them with the alcoholic. Make it clear what behaviors are acceptable and which are not. Consistently enforce these boundaries to avoid enabling their addiction.
Don’t enable the addiction: Avoid enabling the alcoholic by not providing them with alcohol or covering up their addiction.
Attend support groups: Consider attending support groups like Al-Anon or Nar-Anon, which provide support and guidance to families and friends of alcoholics.
Be patient: Recovery is a long and difficult process, and it can take time for an alcoholic to recognize their problem and seek help. Be patient and supportive of their journey towards recovery.
Remember, dealing with a severe alcoholic can be emotionally draining and overwhelming, so it’s important to prioritize self-care and seek support for yourself as well.