If you have a loved one that is suffering from an alcohol addiction it might seem like there is nothing you can do to help. The truth is, being a supportive and nurturing friend may be the best way to open up a dialogue about the problem. Forced interventions and even direct conversation about the addiction have a tendency to make the addict defensive and even combative. Instead of the direct approach, try a soft handed one. If you really want to see your loved one free from this addiction, you must convince him to be serious about taking the first step to take back control of his life.

It is important to talk to him when he is not drinking, when his mind is clear, because a drunk mind is far less rational than a sober one. This is doubly true if there is abusive behavior when he is drinking. Start by trying to determine why he is drinking in the first place. Is it to relieve stress? To escape reality? Because it makes the pain go away? Then show him that the alcohol doesn’t actually do any of these things over the long term – it is a temporary fix to a larger problem.  You must convince him that there are better, more productive ways to handle these things and that alcohol is actually making things much worse.

The key is that the addict has to want to change. If there isn’t a desire to change, no amount of counseling will help. Once the program has started, the road to recovery I a long and slow process. There are often periods of relapse. The best thing you can do for your loved one is to stay in his corner. You are his coach, his rock, his place for emotional security. Be strong for him and always encourage him to do better. Understand that overcoming addiction happens one day at a time and each day is a small victory.

Its tough being cured from alcohol addiction. There is always that threat of falling back into the easy way out. It is of the utmost importance to treat each day like a new opportunity to beat back this monstrous addiction and show your loved one that he is stronger than it, that he is worth more as a fighter, and that you love him.