Our expert says:
If your friend does not want to attend a rehab out of her own free choice and motivation then it is going to be problematic. She's the one who should be making these arrangements, not you.
Typical of the alcoholic of course to make everybody else panic, stress out and do all the dirty work while they sit sloshed staring into their drinks feeling sorry for themselves.
You are obviously trying to help, but if the decision doesn't come from your friend herself, it's futile.
You should consider an intervention first and then proceed with admitting her to a rehab. She should be told that the party's over, in fact, it's been over for a long time now, and there are severe consequences to this disease.
She sounds like she is in the chronic stages of alcoholism and it will only be a matter of time now before she injures herself or someone else.
Apart from the fact that her health will collapse (and has already), she will disintegrate psychologically and emotionally. Well, this sounds as if it's also already happened.
She is at the end of the road, the gutter (metaphorically and for real)is the next step.
Her memory loss sounds like the onset of brain damage. The prognosis for alcoholism that is left untreated is death.
Not a very pleasant death either, because it's often a long, drawn out, painful demise, coupled with the loss of friends, family, career and everything that makes living worthwhile.
But there is hope. There is always hope. Let's recap. Your friend is definitely an alcoholic and she needs help.
You will need to sit down and explain to her how serious this issue is. Preferably with as many friends and family as possible. It's called an intervention.
If you need guidance on an intervention contact Ruby or Taryn on Tel: 021 790 7779.
Then you can proceed (quickly) with choosing a rehab. Once again you can phone Ruby or Taryn on the same number as above.
They will be able to explain to you how to go about it. Best of luck.
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