Alcohol abuse disorder, commonly referred to as alcoholism is one of the various forms that drug abuse can take. One of the first, and most difficult, and yet the best steps that a person suffering from alcoholism can make is seek alcohol counselling. However, it is not a one-person show; a person seeking alcohol counselling needs massive support from friends and family. If you know of a friend or family member undergoing alcoholism treatment, here is how you can be helpful to make their recovery smooth.
You need to be patient: Most people undergoing alcoholism counselling may suffer from withdrawal symptoms. However, despite the availability of medication to ease the symptoms, the person may still suffer from symptoms such as anxiety, memory loss, limited concentration and so on. Do not show them that they are wearing you out. Sometimes it may be frustrating to cope with persons dealing with withdrawal symptoms. However, it is more helpful to keep your frustration under lock and key especially when you are in their vicinity. Do not yell or use a blameful language.
Show them love: The power of love cannot be underestimated. Just the mere evidence that you do love and care for the person undergoing alcoholism counselling can be a high motivation for them to keep going for counselling. After all, the intention is that they may keep going for the counselling so that they may fully recover.
Show maximum interest in their road to recovery: A person undergoing counselling needs to know and be shown that they are on the right path to avoid a relapse. Therefore, show them that you care and that it is in your interest, as well as theirs that they recover. Take part in the activities that enhance recovery other than taking the person to their counselling centres. Being a support system, ironically, may be exhausting enough to the extent you might feel the need support yourself. If you feel overwhelmed, it is advised that you seek assistance.
Remember that the recovering alcoholic that you are caring for depends on you for support; it will severely damage their road to recovery when they feel they are unable to rely on you for support. You can even enrol in meetings specifically designed for persons caring for recovering alcoholics. A person who is undergoing alcoholism counselling is receptive to treatment and easy to deal with. If you are caring for such an individual, the target is to make sure they see that the counselling is making them better persons.