Advice for the Partners of Alcoholics
If you are a friend or a partner who came here looking for answers, this is for you:
- Do not throw alcohol down the drain or hide it.
- Do not drink with the alcoholic to get rid of the alcohol.
- Do not take responsibility or make excuses for the drinker.
- Do not enable the drinker. If they want something, let them do it.
- Take good care of your own mental and physical health.
- Maintain your social network. You may need them (for yourself or the drinker).
- Do not take irrational, irresponsible acts of the alcoholic personally.
- Do not abuse the drinker physically or mentally. Stay calm.
- Do not blame, condemn or ridicule the abuser.
- Talk to the drinker as an equal. This is the only way to get positive results.
- Tell the drinker, in a calm manner, that their behaviour is unacceptable.
- Try to sound positive and to motivate the drinker to go for treatment.
- Contact a treatment centre for advice about intervention.
- If the abuser does not stop or agree to treatment, you your discretion concerning the future of your relationship.
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