What does it take for an alcoholic to hit bottom and get help with alcoholism?
Each individual is different. If you have the power (husband or
wife) then sometimes forcing them into detox will work. My
husband's father started to drink later in life after he retired.
He was a huge man (not fat) and would drink and drive and his mood
wasn't the most pleasant. We tried everything and I suggest detox.
We got him there and he spent 3 days there and kept phoning my
husband's mother and was mad as a wet hen over it. He walked out
the door on the 4th day and came home, but we told him if he hit
the bottle again he would go to an institution to dry out. He never
drank again! Someones one has got to be almost cruel to deal with
an alcoholic. Alcoholism is actually a disease and it can be
hereditary. Some people use it to deaden physical pain or emotional
pain. Good or bad these types of people didn't become who they are
because they wanted to hurt themselves or anyone they loved.
Waiting is the hard part and until the alcoholic is either put into
hospital or some institution where they can dry out and get
psychological counseling they may never get it over and eventually
die from liver disease or heart disease. Some alcoholics go into
hospital for detoxes on many occasions and still go back
drinking...some die afterwards...it is also regarded as an illness
of denial alot of alcoholics will experience life in the gutter
where they have lost everything and live life hand to mouth and
still be drinking the sufferer would have to give up for themselves
first and not for anybody else if they are to have a realistic
chance of recovery...the problem may occur when alcohol is taken in
the system of an acoholic that causes an allergy combined with
mental obsession that "lights up" the sufferer and continues the
insanity of taking that first drink...without this first drink the
sufferer cannot get drunk...some alcoholics don't have to reach a
low rock bottom to stop drinking they realise the futility of their
abuse...but in my opinion some alcoholics are "sicker" than others
depending on what has happened in their past lives whether they can
face their demons with a sober mind on a daily basis...