Living With an Alcoholic

Coping with An Alcoholic

Living with an alcoholic can be a frustrating experience. Alcoholics tend to create chaos, while the others around them suffer under these insane conditions. Living with an alcoholic can lead to feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, and desperation. Figuring out how to cope with a loved one and their drinking can be a day-to-day struggle. The truth is that you don’t have to feel this way and shouldn’t let anyone affect your own well-being. This can be easier said than done, especially when the one suffering from alcoholism is a loved one. But making adjustments to your attitude and approach toward the problem can make a big difference for everyone. Here are some things to remember when living with an alcoholic.

It’s Not Your Fault

Alcoholics are notorious for placing the blame on everyone and everything around them. If your living with an alcoholic, you’ve probably heard that their drinking, is your fault. Remember that it is simply untrue. No matter what you did (or do), nothing is going to stop them from drinking until they’re ready.

Stop Trying To Control It

It’s instinctual as family members, to try and stop our loved one’s destructive behavior. Alcoholics can’t control their own drinking, so thinking that you will somehow be able to, will prove to be frustrating. When it comes to alcoholism, the truth is that it’s absolutely impossible to control it.

Do Not Enable It

Although well intentioned, loved ones can inadvertently cause more harm than good when trying to “help”. Covering things up, giving money, or bailing a family member out of a situation as a result of their drinking, reinforces negative behavior. Negative consequences can be one of the most powerful ways an alcoholic finally realizes they need help.


At Royal Life Centers we know the difficulties of living with an alcoholic. Recovery goes beyond the alcoholic—families need recovery too. If you or a loved one is ready to face their addiction head on, call us today. Our addiction experts are available around the clock at (877)-RECOVERY or (888)-719-3990

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