How to help an alcoholic stop drinking

We will tell you the secrets of a simple and effective strategy. It will help to cope with alcoholism, return a person to a full life, where there is no place for alcohol. The main condition of our recommendations is their implementation.

Alcoholism has become a global problem that takes thousands of lives a year. A person does not notice how he uses more and more every day. Relatives try to persuade the patient for treatment, but, as a rule, they do not know how to help an alcoholic stop drinking. Experienced specialists work in our center, they select therapy, taking into account many individual factors.

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Why emotional stability of relatives is important

Alcoholism leads to personality degradation, loss of connection with society. Most of the addicts do not consider themselves sick, they promise that they will quit drinking if they want to. A person loses a sense of duty to his 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, must be emotionally stable. If you are depressed, nervous, show aggression, you can hardly help an alcoholic with something. We always strongly recommend that people living with an addict start with themselves. Take care of your condition, try to pull yourself together, control emotions.

Which methods are not worth wasting your time on

When relatives fail to persuade a patient to stop drinking, they often resort to ineffective treatments out of desperation. Relatives turn to psychics, conspiratorial grandmothers, healers, who have become very popular. They promise to get rid of the disease in one session, not understanding what changes occur in the patient's body due to the action of ethanol. For the services "specialists" take a lot of money.

Meanwhile, alcoholism causes not only physical, but also mental dependence. This requires long-term complex treatment. It will not be possible to get rid of it in one session - the craving for alcohol sits deep in the 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 binge drinking.

Coding has become a popular technique. It consists in the administration of drugs or the effect on the patient's subconsciousness. Many addicts have gone through this procedure, butstatistics are disappointing: only 1% of alcoholics began to lead a sober lifestyle.They realized the disease and were motivated, that is, the effect of coding came because of their own desire to get rid of alcoholism.

Conversation, addict motivation

People with alcoholism do not consider alcohol to be a problem. They do not go to doctors, do not react to the words of their relatives. Most often, tears, threats do not work on a person. Mental addiction changes thinking, attitudes towards people. Patients believe that they are healthy, they do not need to quit drinking.

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

  • you need to live according to certain rules so as not to lose the favor of your relatives;
  • cannot be manipulated, deceived relatives;
  • If you agree to the therapy, your loved ones will be supported until your full recovery.

An 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 comfortable environment for drinking.

Complex treatment of alcoholism

The most effective method of getting rid of addiction is through gradual therapy. Thanks to complex treatment with the participation of narcologists, psychologists, psychotherapists, tens of thousands of people were able to overcome the disease, return to their former life, and rebuild their families. Therapy includes 3 main stages: detoxification, rehabilitation, social adaptation.


When drinking alcohol, poisonous decay products of ethyl alcohol accumulate in the blood. They poison the body, disrupt the work of all organs and systems. For cleansing, detoxification is carried out. It is also necessary for getting out of binge, relieving withdrawal symptoms.

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

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

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

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 restrain cravings, while he is undergoing rehabilitation, to learn to live without an addiction.


A person is sent to a rehabilitation center to recover. When choosing an institution, it is important to consider what recovery programs the clinic uses, whether it has documents for the treatment of addicts. There are many organizations in Russia that offer their own therapy methods. We use effective methods of rehabilitation, we are licensed to carry out medical activities.

Doctors select recovery programs individually. The most popular are 12 Steps, Daytop, Therapeutic Community. These are effective methods that have been helping to get rid of severe alcoholism for over 50 years. They are used all over the world.

Duration of stay in the center is about 4 to 6 months (only after completing the full course the result can be guaranteed). According to statistics, the percentage of recoveries decreases with treatment less than 5 months. During rehabilitation, doctors:

  • "reprogram" the patient;
  • transform thinking;
  • help to find new meaning in life;
  • are taught to live without alcohol.

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

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

Social adaptation

After returning from the center, an equally important recovery process begins. A person continues to work on himself - a period of social adaptation passes. In the center, the patient is limited from 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 connected with the fact that within the institution the patient communicated only with doctors and people who were being treated for alcoholism. After rehabilitation, he returns to his familiar environment, where he used to drink alcohol. The fear arises that he will again return to the addiction, and this is logical, because the person is at home again. Psychologists believe that after returning, it is necessary to continue to attend individual or group sessions.

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