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    Man Concerned After Friend’s Latest Alcohol Blackout

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    Man Concerned After Friend’s Latest Alcohol Blackout

    Caller: 23-year old man calling on behalf of his friend

    Problem: Alcohol addiction

    Seeking: Inpatient rehab with possible interventionist

    Reason(s): After finding his friend on the floor of his apartment again for the third time in a month, the man has decided that he needs to try to do something to ensure that this does not happen again. He said, “I have found my friend on the floor of his apartment several times now. Each time he drinks, he drinks until he blacks out. This is not him going out with friends and going ‘crazy’ like kids around that age might do – this is him staying in, getting so drunk that he cannot stand up anymore and just passing out before he makes it to the bed.” The man is not only concerned about his friend’s long-term health, but also worried about social stigmas and his friend’s ability to hold down a job. He said, “I know that he is never going to be able to hold down a job if he continues to drink the way he does. Not only that, but I do not think that he will make it past 30 if he continues drinking this way. Even though I have told him that before, maybe we need an intervention or something of the sort before he gets it through his head that he needs to quit drinking.”

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