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If an alcoholic is unwilling to get help, what can a person do about it? Discuss the intervention process.

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This solution identifies and describes the steps in an intervention with a person who is addicted to alcohol.

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1. If an alcoholic is unwilling to get help, what can a person do about it? Discuss the intervention process.

This can be a challenge. An alcoholic can't be forced to get help except under certain circumstances, such as a violent incident that results in court-ordered treatment or medical emergency. But you don't have to wait for someone to "hit rock bottom" to act.

Many alcoholism treatment specialists suggest the following steps to help an alcoholic get treatment:

1. Stop all "cover ups." Family members often make excuses to others or try to protect the alcoholic from the results of his or her drinking. It is important to stop covering for the alcoholic so that he or she experiences the full consequences of drinking.

2. Time your intervention. The best time to talk to the drinker is shortly after an alcohol-related problem has occurred--like a serious family argument or an accident. Choose a time when he or she is sober, ...

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