One of the greatest myths about alcoholics/addicts is that it is difficult to get them to seek help. I have found just the opposite. The trick is to have an enrolling conversation with them. I have never met an addict/alcoholic who secretly does not want help. Pride and fear of the unknown get in the way of someone taking action.
Over the years I have found that most people come up with a stereotype – down and out, drinks in the morning, can't hold a job, and can't function in the world. In actuality, this describes a very small percentage of people who meet medical criteria for alcohol dependence. A good many of people who are dependent on alcohol are able to hold jobs, own homes, and function in the world. The term "functional alcoholic " best describes this kind of alcoholic.