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These are the steps you need to take to help someone you love 1 You need to treat yourself first Go to Al-anon and to an addictions counselor and get support Alcoholism is an illness that you cant conquer on your own You need help You have probably been helping the alcoholic or addict drink or use drugs by covering up for them--this has got to stop Once you get support then you can act 2 Hire an addictions professional to help you carry out an intervention Dont try and do this yourself its too complicated and risky 3 With the counselors help gather together an intervention team This is a group of people who have been adversely affected by the persons drinking or drug use family friends employer coworkers clergy doctor etc Talk about the problem and how it has adversely affected you Agree that the drinking is a serious problem and treatment is necessary Gather people who are willing and able to intervene Remember this will save the alcoholics life Dont choose people who are weak or who have an alcohol problem Chose people who are strong enough to tell the alcoholic the truth 4 Have each person write the alcoholic a letter detailing exact situations where the alcoholics drinking hurt them Then state that they want the alcoholic to go to treatment and then list what they are going to do if the alcoholic refuses They could say they are not going to protect the alcoholic from the consequences of their drinking anymore The employer may discharge the alcoholic the spouse may move out the children may not let the alcoholic be alone with the grandchildren etc These consequences need to be specific and the person willing to carry though 5 Choose a good treatment center and make sure they have a bed open
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