Many Seattle residents abuse alcohol, but the distinct difference between abuse and alcoholism is dependence. While all abuse and alcoholism can hurt the people around alcoholics, there are a few distinct types of alcoholics. It is important to understand what type of alcoholic a person is before holding an intervention. Types of alcoholics include the following:
- Functioning alcoholic: The most common type of alcoholic, a functioning alcoholic is someone dependent on alcohol, but manages to not let it affect most of the major roles he plays in everyday life. This has been debated: since it can be argued that it doesn’t affect personal and social responsibilities, how is it a problem? It is a problem because alcoholism is a progressive disease and may affect Seattle residents in the long term. It can also take its toll on a smaller scale, such as missing social obligations or choosing to drink over hanging out with family or friends.
- Abusive alcoholic: abusive alcoholism can be anyone that changes demeanor under the influence of alcohol, making them verbally or physically abusive. These alcoholics are especially dangerous, in that they are unpredictable and take a heavy emotional toll on the people around them.
- Binge drinkers: these people are often made up of younger people, especially in males and in group settings, in which a person will consume an extremely heavy amount of alcohol in a short amount of time. Binge drinking often ends up in blackouts and passing out, sometimes lasting for days. Although binge drinking may not necessarily be classified under dependency and full blown alcoholism, it’s important to address any Seattle resident that engages this type of behavior, because of it’s extreme self-danger, public health concern and being popular among adolescence and young people.
How to Hold an Alcohol Intervention
One of the many questions Seattle residents have when confronting an alcoholic is, “How do I have an intervention?” One of the best ways to have a successful intervention is to hire an interventionist. These people are professional and have a lot of experience when it comes to dealing with alcoholics.
Interventionists meet with family, friends and other important people in the life of the alcoholic to understand the drinker’s history, including any co-existing disorders such as mental health issues. They will strategize and guide the family on how to be objective, open and honest, while maintaining a non-accusatory tone. The hope for this type of organized intervention is that the Seattle alcoholic will be able to hear the unified hearts of the people she cares about most, breaking through the denial state in which she may have lived.
While one-on-one confrontations may have ended in emotional or preachy arguments, interventions state the facts of addiction and its effects, stay calm, and help encourage drinkers to seek the first step of treatment. If the Seattle alcoholic decides he or she wants to get help, interventionists can also suggest the best rehab programs, including an addiction assessment to help make educated decisions.
Seattle Alcohol Intervention Help
Interventions can be a powerful tool for confronting someone with alcoholism, because they are confronting, unified, yet supportive and loving in spirit. If you live in Seattle and want to have an intervention, please call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline today. We are here to help you.