In celebration of my own 20 years of sobriety, I want to share with you a tip to help the alcoholic in your life.
If you really want to save an alcoholic you need to confront them, embarrass them, kick them out of the house if you must. While it may sound cruel, know that by doing that, you may actually be saving their life. And yours. Because active alcoholics not only ruin our own existence, we affect everyone around us. In the throes of alcoholism, we are like bulldozers, unstoppable unless we hit rock bottom, and we often need some help from you—an outsider—in order to do that. We will lie, cheat, steal, whatever is necessary, to keep our addiction going. So, you need to practice tough love on us and intervene, no matter how much it hurts.