Alcoholism is an isolating disease—and as you struggle against it, you may feel like you’re all alone. There is a simple way of addressing this problem, and it’s sharing your struggle with friends and family. Just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it’s easy, however; indeed, telling your loved ones about your struggle with alcoholism can be incredibly difficult.
How to Discuss Your Struggle with Alcoholism
As you struggle for the right words, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- It’s important to be honest. Addiction encourages lies and deception, but when talking with the people who love you, it’s critical to be level with them, and to simply let them know what you’re going through.
- Be clear about why you’ve chosen to seek help. If you feel like you’ve hit rock bottom, be candid about that. Help your loved ones to see where you’re coming from.
- Express a desire for help. Make it clear to your loved ones that you want to pursue recovery, but that you can’t do it alone. Enlist their support in your recovery journey.
- Prepare for a little pushback—especially form any family members or friends you may have wronged. Be ready to tell them you’re sorry, but also to gently remind them that addiction is a disease—not a choice.
- To that end, don’t feel ashamed that you struggle with alcoholism. Instead, feel proud that you’re taking a big step forward, seeking support and encouragement.
You don’t have to tell anyone about your struggle, but fighting alcoholism alone can be incredibly dispiriting. Your family and friends care about you, and want to see you live a long, healthy, and happy life. Make sure you remember that as you go to them for support.Reach out to Seacliff for more addiction recovery resources!