Mental Illness Alcohol Intervention

So for the last two years now my family and I have been trying our best to figure out what to do with my little brother Michael. While he may not be so little anymore, he still displays the personality and maturity of a 12 year old due to his Autism disorder. It all started on his 21st birthday when we took him out for his first beer. Unfortunately this proved to be the next and beginning of one of his many repetitive behavior models. As with the many other obsessions and fixations that autistic individuals display, we originally hoped that his interest and use of alcohol would soon dissipate and move onto something else. It is a difficult thing to watch someone becoming an alcoholic without having the ability to comprehend the effects; and an even more difficult thing to educate him about after his fondness of drinking had set in.

Two years later, our many pleads and attempts to talk to him have continued to prove futile. The severity of his addiction is obvious and only seems to be increasing. A couple months ago he was fired after walking out of his job at the supermarket saying that he wanted a drink, and my family and I are growing increasingly worried with all the free time now on his hands. We realize we have to enable his addiction to some degree because his disorder prevents him from living an independent life on his own, so we can't just kick him out of the house. With his walks to the bar down the street and violent behavior on the rise, my family is growing desperate to get Michael help. Knowing that he could not survive at a normal rehabilitation center, we began combing the internet for alternative types of intervention and alcohol treatment.

My mom found and their page regarding many different types of intervention. The staff there was most helpful and we all were truly relieved after explaining our family member's situation and being told that specialized treatment does exist. Within a few days we are expecting an interventionist with experience working with the mentally challenged to help us lovingly confront him and make him see the damage he is unintentionally causing. We are all a little nervous about how Michael might respond to it all, but also very optimistic after speaking time and again to such a caring and proactive group of people.

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