Support for the Family of an Addicted Person

Louise C, who runs a successful business in Scotland, tells the story of how it took her husband, father and brother to get her in a car and drive her to a rehab clinic:

“It took three men to drop me at the door of Castle Craig. The car doors were locked because they knew I would jump out.”

She says “the best thing to do with alcoholics is to gang up on them and give them no option but to try treatment and face up to their addiction.”

Once that is done, “you’re half-way there,” she adds.

Louise also stresses the importance of a period for the entire family to “mend” before the alcoholic comes back into the family.

Paul Kirsten, a former therapist at Castle Craig, explains why residential rehab is “the most powerful form of treatment” as people can work on themselves and deal with the issues they’re confronted with.

He talks about the fear people have of ‘coming out’ about their problems with alcohol and drugs, especially in the workplace. “If people know they are going to be supported around the issues of addiction, they are going to be more encouraged to open up about it and to seek the necessary help.”

For more information on addiction treatment, please visit:

Aimed at executives, managers, HR professionals and company doctors, is an online guide published by Castle Craig Hospital, one of the UK’s leading alcohol and drug addiction rehab clinics:


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *