What is Alcohol Dependence

A chronic condition characterised by uncontrollable drinking and preoccupation with alcohol. Alcoholism is the inability to control drinking due to both physical and emotional dependence on alcohol. Those with alcoholism feel guilty and have the desire to cut down alcohol but are unable to. People may experience dizziness, nausea, blackouts, anxiety, discontent, euphoria or aggressive – destructive behavior due to the constant craving for increased amounts of alcohol. Treatment involves counselling by a healthcare professional and a detoxification programme in a hospital or medical facility.

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WHAT CAN FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF AN ADDICT DO TO HELP THEM?

Get to know the
addiction

Drug and alcohol abuse has alarming effects on the nervous system. Drug addiction should be viewed as a chronic disease and not a choice.

Set your
boundaries

Family members must abstain from helping the addict financially. It is important to understand that such action would rather escalate the addiction

Do not enable

Any behaviour that supports the addiction is called ‘enabling’. It can be financial help, hiding the addiction from authorities or making excuses.

Consider professional
help at earliest

Counselling the people with drug addicted loved ones is also of utmost importance.

Confront the
addict

Although difficult, but it can prove to an important step towards recovery. Voice your concern in a way that shows concern and not blames.

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