If you are married to a man who cannot or simply will not stop drinking, he likely suffers from alcohol abuse disorder, also known as alcoholism. As the wife of someone who struggles with drinking, you will also face a lot of negative effects as a result of his alcohol abuse whether it is financial, emotional, mental, or physical. It is very important to take the necessary steps to help your husband and also protect yourself.
Loved Ones of Alcoholics Develop Anxiety and Depression
The wife of an alcoholic is much more likely to develop mental health problems such as anxiety or depression. She may also become much more socially withdrawn as a result of shame or embarrassment of her situation. They could even have their health deteriorate. In the long-term sense, your husband’s drinking can lead to the breakup of the family, a divorce, trauma, and financial ruin as a result of their alcoholism. Due to the serious and long-lasting consequences of an alcoholic husband, it is vitally important to take steps to find a solution to their problem.
Convincing An Alcoholic Husband to Get Help
There is only so much a loved one can do to convince someone that their alcoholism has become a problem that requires change. If you have already taken measures to stop ant enabling behaviors, let your husband fully experience the consequences of their drinking, had a discussion about the issue and he still will not make the change, or even agree that there is a problem, it is probably time to turn the professionals.
Interventions Can Help Alcoholics and Families
An intervention should be the next step. It is a gathering of people who care for and are in the life of your alcoholic husband. It is meant to be a loving and gentle confrontation that is supposed to help him see why his behaviors need to change. The best way to go about this is with the guidance of an addiction professional because if it is done wrong it can be risky. Be sure it is planned so everyone knows what to say, you have treatment options available, and have come up with specific consequences if he does not accept treatment. If your husband decides to seek treatment, the first step towards living a sober life is admitting into a rehab facility for a medically assisted detox. Depending on the severity of your addiction, detoxing on your own without medical assistance can be painful, dangerous, and even impossible to complete on your own. Medical detox is a way to rid your body from any mind-altering substances with the help of doctors and medical professionals. Once detox is completed and he is serious bout his recovery, he should enroll in an intensive inpatient treatment program. This requires him to live at the treatment facility so that he is completely immersed in his treatment. This step is highly recommended for those with severe alcoholism. Inpatient treatment also allows you to learn more about your addiction and yourself so that your chances of long-term sobriety are stronger. Alcoholism is oftentimes a result of some emotional or mental trauma or other mental disorder. Therapies and group activities during intensive inpatient treatment put a lot of focus on improving the person’s emotional and mental health to get to the root of the alcohol problem.
Alcoholism Treatment at Evoke Wellness at Cohasset
Every program offered at Evoke Wellness at Cohasset takes into consideration what kind of influences have led to a person’s substance abuse. We want to make sure we treat you as a person, not just your husband’s alcoholism to ensure maximum success in your recovery and sobriety. It is time to put the pain and misery of alcoholism in your past and rebuild your life into something you are proud of.