Starting the conversation about alcohol abuse.
Warning signs of alcohol abuse.
Ask yourself the following questions, and check the ones you say “yes” to. If you check even a few of them, then it’s a good idea to talk to someone.
How to find the right person to talk to.
The right person doesn’t have to have personal experience with alcohol abuse—he or she just needs to take your thoughts, feelings, and concerns seriously, and help you take the next step.
Your trusted person may be a:
How to start the conversation.
PLAN WHAT YOU WANT TO SAY. Write down how you’re feeling or practice the conversation in front of a mirror.
BE READY FOR QUESTIONS. The person you’re talking to will probably want more information on your situation. Be honest and share as much as you feel comfortable.
DON’T RUSH THE CONVERSATION. This topic may be challenging for the person you’re talking to, so give them time to listen and process what you’re saying.
DON’T TRY TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM ALL AT ONCE. Remember, this is just the start of the process.
BE PROUD. It takes courage to tell someone you may have a drinking problem.
What you can say:
I think my drinking is getting out of control, and I don’t know what to do.
This is hard for me to talk about, but I think I have an alcohol addiction.
I’m worried that my drinking is getting worse.
My drinking is getting in the way of my life. I think I may need help.
What to do after the conversation.
|Stay in touch with your trusted person and keep him or her updated on how you feel.|
|If the first conversation didn’t go the way you had hoped, don’t worry or give up. Try finding another trusted person that may be better suited to help.|
|Make healthy lifestyle choices such as diet, exercise, and sleep.|
|If you’re ready to take the next step to receive a diagnosis and treatment, talk to a substance abuse professional or organization.|