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How to Help a Friend overcome Alcohol Use Disorder

A wise man once said that whatever that is done to the extreme, whether good or bad will always end in errors. The right measure of what we do is of utmost importance.

Watching your loved one being taken down by alcohol use disorder can be disheartening especially when the person wants to turn a new leave.

Alcohol use disorder is way beyond just consuming alcohol, a lot is going on in that process ranging from how the person is viewed by others to mental instability to what the excess alcohol is doing to the person’s system.eople with alcohol use disorder need our help regardless, whether they are our friends or not; just that they may not be able to open up to tell you that they need help.

Knowing what to do to help this kind of people is of great essence especially when our help is sought for.

What really can we say is alcohol use disorder?

Alcoholism is a term used to describe someone or people who have both a physical and psychological dependence on alcohol. It is a habit that is characterised by uncontrolled drinking and preoccupation with alcohol.

People with alcohol use disorder have problems controlling their drinking quest but chooses to keep drinking even when it causes them problems that could affect their health, relationship, work and public image. Alcohol use disorder can be mild and severe. In the mild stage, early self caution will be helpful in addressing the desire to keep drinking before it gravitates to the severe stage. 

Below are some helpful steps you can take to help a friend overcome alcohol use disorder:

1. Choose an appropriate time to talk on the matter: there is time for everything in this world. If the right thing is done at the wrong time, there could be issues. Make sure that the person you want to help is in a clean state of mind so that you can get his or her attention.

2. No name calling: Do not call the person names. Name calling does not really change a situation, rather it makes it worse. Try to make the person see reasons why he or she need to cut down on alcohol intake and then, hopefully, call it a quit. Health reasons is a sure bet on that.

3. Show some love: if you were in the person’s shoes, how would you like to be treated? Let the person know that you care especially when the person wants a way out because you can only help a willing horse. Try not to scold or shout at the person. Stay calm and tell the person that you've got his or her back.

4. Don’t run away or avoid the person: do not avoid the person even if you don’t appreciate the habit the person has found himself or herself, for true friendship is known when a person is in need. Running away could make the person feel dejected. Keep close contact and continue to encourage and inspire the person to give up the habit.

5. Seek medical help: habits are difficult to break free from especially when it has to do with substance intake. Having done all you can and change seems not to be forthcoming, medical help is what the person needs. Encourage the person to go for rehabilitation.

Why people with severe alcohol use disorder need help

1. This class of people cannot save money for any meaningful project.

2. They often times sustain injury because they frequently fall into ditches or drainages that they could have easily avoided.

3. People don’t take them seriously when they air their views on any major matter. People could think that they are talking out of the influence of alcohol.

4. Their acts brings shame to them and their family.

5. They need help because they may have the potentials to change our world.

6. Their health could deteriorate rapidly which would become a burden on his or her loved ones.

I would like to conclude in this manner, "whatever you drink, think of the health implications."

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