Dealing with an alcoholic who won’t get help can be challenging, but there are steps you can take to support them:
Express your concerns: Talk to the person about your concerns in a non-confrontational manner. Avoid blaming or judging them.
Encourage them to seek professional help: Offer to help them find a treatment program or a support group. You can also suggest they speak to their doctor or a mental health professional.
Set boundaries: It’s important to set boundaries and make it clear what behavior you will and won’t tolerate. Stick to your boundaries, and be prepared to follow through with consequences if necessary.
Take care of yourself: Dealing with an alcoholic can be stressful and draining. Make sure you take care of yourself by getting enough rest, eating healthily, and engaging in activities you enjoy.
Consider an intervention: If the person is resistant to getting help, you may want to consider an intervention. An intervention is a structured conversation with the person that’s led by a trained professional.
Remember, ultimately, it’s up to the person to decide to seek help. You can provide support and encouragement, but you can’t force them to get help.