Watch more Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse videos: http://www.howcast.com/guides/402-Alcoholism-and-Alcohol-Abuse Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - http://howc.st/uLaHRS Learn how to help an alcoholic without enabling their behavior and ruining your own life. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: http://howc.st/ytmainplaylists Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - http://howc.st/HOE3aY Howcast Video Games Channel - http://howc.st/tYKKrk Howcast Tech Channel - http://howc.st/rx9FwR Howcast Food Channel - http://howc.st/umBoJX Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - http://howc.st/vmB86i Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - http://howc.st/vKjUjm Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - http://howc.st/vbbNt3 Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Know your subject Read all you can about alcoholism and co-dependency and talk to other alcoholics to understand the subject. Step 2: Confront your own problems Solve your personal problems and know your limits. Forego any desire to rescue people. Tip Accept that most alcoholics do not fully recover. Love the person; hate the disease. Step 3: Plan an intervention Plan an intervention with family members but always in the presence of a therapist. The drinker must be sober. Step 4: Set boundaries Set clear boundaries, stating that to protect yourselves you expect action. Be ready to follow through on any consequence you set. Step 5: Suggest treatment Suggest counseling and treatment options that you have researched, all the way to providing the local Alcoholics Anonymous numbers. But do not make the call for them. Step 6: Be detached Remain detached, so that you can model the behavior you expect. Let the alcoholic face their consequences and never loan them money or indulge their excuses. Tip Drinking is merely a symptom of larger problems that the drinking helps bury. Step 7: Join support organizations Join a support organization like Al-Anon to confront your own guilt and sense of responsibility. A supportive community strengthens you to grow healthy. Did You Know? Did you know? Over 18 million Americans struggle with alcohol abuse or dependence.
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