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talking to someone about their drinkingIn movies and television shows, we often see a group of concerned family or friends sitting in a room waiting to host an intervention for an unsuspecting individual. The outcome of that intervention often depends on the television show or movie that we are watching. In real life, a staged intervention, especially without a trained professional, can cause a lot of damage if not done correctly. If you have someone in your life that you feel may have a drinking problem, there are things you can do aside from a large-scale planned intervention. Keep reading for some helpful tips for approaching and talking to someone you feel may have a problem with alcohol.

Begin With a One-on-One Approach

If this is the first time you have approached this person, begin with a private one-on-one conversation. When more people are involved, they may feel put on the spot, ambushed, or simply overwhelmed. These feelings will not be beneficial to the goal of opening up a conversation about a potential problem. Chances are you know this person pretty well, so take the time to think about how they will hear you and respond to your concerns.

Be Upfront and Honest

Do not dance around what you are trying to discuss. If you are concerned about an individual’s alcohol consumption, state that from the very beginning. It can be awkward and confusing for everyone to hint at the topic and not honestly say what you want to say. You should be prepared in case what you are saying is not immediately well received. Pay attention to body language and informal cues. Just because a conversation may be short, that does not mean it did not make an impact. Do not push the conversation.

Talking with someone about a potential drinking problem can be stressful and scary. You do not know how they will react, if they will hear you out, or if you will get distracted from what you wanted to say. Having reasonable expectations is critical. There will probably not be some big “eureka” moment like in the movies. Start with a private, upfront conversation about your concerns and what you have witnessed. Here at The Guest House, we understand that addiction can affect the entire family. We are ready to help you and your loved ones. Call us today to learn more about our different treatment options at (855) 483-7800.