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Former child star and Hollywood wild child Lindsay Lohan has been “sentenced” to spend time in rehab. After being sentenced to the 90 day rehab stint, just a few days ago, she was allegedly seen drinking again. Her lawyers negotiated for the recovery program to commence in May, so she can attend the Coachella festival. Lohan clearly is not ashamed of her party lifestyle, and these days don’t seem to think it is a problem. Hanging out with Charlie Sheen is not the best influence and Lohan needs to be careful that her destructive habits don’t lead her to an early grave.

If an addict refuses to admit there is a problem is there anything anyone can do for them? Without a genuine wish to give up drinking, an alcoholic is unlikely to stop. Many substance abusers go into rehab at the insistence of family and friends and might even stick with the treatment programme for a while to appease their nearest and dearest. Unfortunately, it is unlikely to last though, as trying to stop drinking for someone or something else will not work. The alcoholic has to truly want change and want it for themselves. Sometimes the first attempt at recovery will not be successful, and sometimes not the second one either. It may take it an addict multiple attempts not just to get sober, but to stay that way.

When all else fails and family and friends can’t get their loved one to see sense, what is there left to do? Confronting someone with an addiction can be tricky and distressing. Concerns may be dismissed with a whole heap of excuses that the alcoholic uses to justify their drinking. Whether it be that the “just socialise a lot,” or have had “stressful day at the office,” the problem drinker will always have an excuse to reach from the bottle. They might claim they could stop drinking any time they like, but watch closely: it’s pretty unlikely they ever do.

When someone has a problem with alcohol but refuse to admit or accept that there is a problem, then intervention treatment might help. Intervention counsellors are specially trained to deal with addicts who are not ready to admit the problem and seek treatment. There are different methods of intervention, and the addict may have to face some painful truths. Intervention is not advised without professional guidance, as confronting someone with a substance abuse problem could make them withdraw further and make them even harder to help in the future

Even Alcoholics anonymous stipulate “a genuine wish to give up drinking” as their only membership requirement. They don’t charge membership fees or have any other conditions on joining-they believe help should be available to everyone who is ready to make the commitment to change. Without this commitment and drive relapse is inevitable.

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