If someone close to you is struggling with alcohol abuse, you likely want to help them just as you would hope they would help you. While the decision to enter alcohol rehab in Bergenfield, New Jersey, or another other part of the country must be up to the drug user, you can still act as a support in them moving toward sobriety.
In Bergen County, where Bergenfield is located, alcohol was the primary drug used in 37%, or 1,314, of substance abuse treatment admissions in 2016.1 Similarly, of the 83 Bergenfield residents who were admitted to rehabs that year, alcohol was the primary drug of choice for 40% of them.1
If you worry that a family member or friend has a drinking problem, the first step is to learn about alcohol abuse. For example, you might learn the common warning signs to see if they match the changes you see in your loved one. Empowering yourself with knowledge will also help you learn what the person you care about is going through, along with the possible reasons for abusing alcohol.
Next, speak with this person calmly and explain how their actions have impacted you; refer to specific events rather than using general terms for greater impact. Tell them how much you care and that you will listen when they want to talk. Let them know that you will be there to support them, such as taking them to group meetings. Speak to your friend or loved one rather than at them; preaching is not effective.
Encourage your friend or loved one to seek substance abuse treatment, and if they continue to resist, an intervention with a therapist may be the next appropriate step. Make sure that you also take care of yourself; remain strong so that you can be there when your family member or friend needs you the most.
If a friend or loved one is struggling with alcohol abuse, rehabs in Bergenfield or surrounding areas will apply therapies and support services that focus on ways to help people in recovery pursue a healthier, sober path.
There is no obligation to enter treatment and you can opt out at any time.