08 Oct How to Deal with an Angry Alcoholic
Alcoholism affects families, friends and co-workers. Nobody likes to deal with an angry drunk. In order to deal effectively with an angry drunk, it is necessary to take action immediately. The more that a person thinks that they can take advantage of you, the more that they will do it. As hard as it is, you must give the angry drunk an intervention. If you cannot afford a professional intervention (can cost around $7,000), then it is necessary to write a letter to the person that is hurting you. Let them know that if they do not stop drinking, then xyz is going to happen.
If you are an employer, you must tell your employee that their employment is going to be terminated if they show up drunk again. If your spouse is drinking, you must tell them that if they have another drink, you are leaving them. You must take serious action when you tell an alcoholic this and mean it. You must be prepared to leave your home if they refuse. Make sure that you have a safe place to go if they do not change their ways. It is important that you are firm about it or else your situation will never change. Change is only possible if you seek it out. The only way to deal with an angry alcoholic is to get them into a drug/alcohol treatment center for help. It is important because they must learn how to change their behavior and alcoholism.
If you know of a parent that is abusing their child because of their alcoholism, it is the law that you call child protective services. You are responsible for a child’s life if you know about the abuse. You are required by law to contact law enforcement if you suspect a child’s life to be in danger. Call the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-4453 to report child abuse.
Alcoholics rarely change unless they see that they are going to lose something or someone that they love. You cannot allow an alcoholic to think that they can boss you around or mistreat you. Some alcoholics get physically violent as well. The sooner that you let the alcoholic know where you stand, the better. Sooner or later, they will understand that you don’t play around.
The worst thing that you can do to an angry alcoholic is to tell them that you are going to do something and not do it. Their behavior will only become worse and they will never take what you are saying is seriously. The only way to get results is to allow the alcoholic to know that they will lose you if they do not get help.