If you have a friend that you feel is in need of help for their alcohol use, you may be wondering if it is appropriate for you to recommend your friends for alcohol rehab. Knowing the signs to look for can make it easier to talk to your friends about their alcohol use and open the door to making a recommendation for them to get help.

For example if you notice that they are struggling with managing their daily life and responsibilities such as going to work or school. If they have missed work or school because they had a hangover, or in some cases were still drunk. If your friends has had a difficult paying their bills because of missed work or because they spend their money on alcohol, that is an indication that your friend may be in trouble and you should consider talking to your friend about getting help in a program that will work for them.

If your friend’s relationships are beginning to breakdown – even your friendship with them is strained – it may be a good idea to talk to your friend about getting help. Watching your friend self destruct can have a psychological impact on you, especially if you never do anything to try to help your friend. For your own sake, when you notice that your friend is in trouble, you should offer support and encouragement and talk to them about their problems, but avoid being over confrontational or angry.

When you approach your friend, they may deny that there is a problem and they may insist that they do not need help. They may claim that they can stop at any time and that they are in control. However, if you have observed that they are struggling at school or work, that they are on the brink of losing their jobs or failing in school, or that their drinking has put them in financial trouble; they may be willing to listen to you.

It is a good idea to have some suggestions for types of alcohol programs your friend could go to. There are many different types of alcohol rehab treatment including 12 step and non 12 step treatment, medical and non medical and residential and outpatient. A residential program will allow your friend to get away from their life for a period – usually 30 days to 6 weeks and sometimes longer depending on the program. Sometimes a residential program is the right solution to help your friend stop their alcohol use and to learn new coping skills to help prevent relapse.

If your friend cannot get away to a program because of family or other responsibilities, an outpatient program is ideal because it allows them to attend a program around their daily routine or schedule and to go home at night.

Alternative programs to alcohol rehab that you can recommend to a friend is St Jude Retreats, an educational programs that incorporates, Cognitive behavioral education, which teaches self assessment and self change to make choices and to develop habits and behaviors that lead to a life without alcohol.