If you believe you may have an alcoholic partner, there are a number of different ways you can take action to help the both of you. Each case of alcoholism varies from one person to the next, however, the warning signs can often provide a more clear picture of your partner’s situation.
Signs to look for include:
Alcoholism doesn’t just affect the individual, it also has a huge impact on their relationships and their ability to maintain them – especially when it comes to their partners.
For those seeking advice on coping with an alcoholic partner, it’s important to approach the situation carefully and sensitively.
Initially, it may be hard to spot that you’re living with an alcoholic partner – especially if they’re high functioning. Often, the symptoms can go under the radar, however, it’s essential to act fast if you begin to spot these following signs of alcohol issues in your partner.
Coping with an alcoholic partner isn’t something you have to go through alone. As your partner’s support system, taking care of yourself is important in order to have a much better chance of dealing with the situation appropriately.
Support for partners of alcoholics is available in the form of talking therapies and peer support groups. Interacting with others who can relate to and understand the situation can help to reduce stress and build coping mechanisms.
Similarly, educating yourself thoroughly about helping an alcoholic partner in denial – ranging from what their triggers are to the professional resources available to them – can make the recovery process much easier for the both of you.
Living with an alcoholic partner in denial is challenging for a number of reasons – you may experience mental health difficulties of your own, and if both situations are ignored, it can cause even more severe problems down the line.
In order to decrease any tension between the two of you at home, it’s necessary to be constructive in your approach to living with them.
Self-blame is extremely counter-productive in helping an alcoholic partner. It’s easy to forget that you are not the cause of their dependence and you are also not responsible for their choices when it comes to alcohol. Maintain a level-headed attitude when confronting these issues to avoid emotional strain.
Avoid trying to control their drinking. By passing full responsibility to your alcoholic partner, you’re reducing the likelihood of them becoming defensive or angry – allowing them to place more trust in you when they do decide to enter recovery.
Once your alcoholic partner has accepted help, it’s essential that you act quickly to get them into alcohol treatment before they lose this new-found clarity, which can often happen during a relapse.
At Claimont Health, we offer a range of treatments including a private home detox service to gently guide the individual through the recovery process.
Detoxification is a complex yet effective process. The consequences of going straight into sudden withdrawal can be intense and often life-threatening, so it’s essential to offer medical supervision and medication for a period of 7-10 days when first going ‘cold turkey’.
Often, alcoholics use drinking as a way to mask other underlying health problems. By treating these issues alongside alcohol treatment, the likelihood of a full recovery is increased whilst the chances of relapse are diminished.
There are a number of different medications your alcoholic partner can take to aid their recovery.
Acamprosate and naltrexone are options that reduce alcohol cravings, whereas Antabuse causes sickness upon consumption.
It’s advisable to encourage your alcoholic partner to attend psychological therapy as a means of strengthening their recovery.
Available therapies include cognitive behavioural therapy – which helps the patient to cope better with triggers to drinking – and motivational interviewing.
Your partner may also opt for one of our 12-step methods, which use the philosophy of alcoholics anonymous (AA) to help individuals maintain abstinence.
It’s crucial to ensure that your actions are not enabling your alcoholic partner to continue drinking. Even a small relapse can send someone in recovery spiralling, taking them back to square one.
For recovering alcoholics, escaping the constant draw of drinking is difficult as it is. Triggers present themselves in a number of ways – from social functions where alcohol is readily available, to regular exposure through advertisements.
This is why it’s necessary to avoid drinking or nursing a hangover around your recovering alcoholic partner. Even if you’ve both enjoyed drinking alcohol together in the past, it’s important to support their commitment to sobriety by mirroring their reduced drinking habits.
Helping an alcoholic partner is much easier when you have external support. At Claimont Health, we offer a range of different forms of support to help you both through this challenging time, including advice for partners of alcoholics.
As an alternative to traditional hospital care or rehabilitation centre, our compassionate team of healthcare professionals are here to help you receive the help you need in the comfort of your own home. Contact us today to have a confidential consultation with one of our experts for private, safe and discreet treatment for alcohol.