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Helping a severe alcoholic can be challenging, but here are some strategies that may be helpful:

Encourage them to seek professional help: Suggest that they seek professional help from a healthcare professional, addiction specialist, or rehabilitation facility.

Offer support and encouragement: Let them know that you care about them and support their efforts to get help. Be there for them as they go through the recovery process.

Avoid enabling their behavior: Do not provide alcohol or assist them in obtaining alcohol. Set clear boundaries and stick to them.

Educate yourself: Learn more about alcoholism and its effects on the body and mind. This knowledge can help you better understand what your loved one is going through and how to support them.

Seek support for yourself: Supporting a severe alcoholic can be emotionally draining. Seek support from friends, family, or a support group such as Al-Anon.

Stay positive: Recovery from alcoholism is possible, and it’s important to stay positive and hopeful throughout the process.

It’s important to remember that ultimately, the decision to seek help is up to the individual struggling with alcoholism. While you can offer support and encouragement, you cannot force someone to get help. If the person is resistant to seeking help or if their drinking behavior is putting them in danger, it may be necessary to seek professional help or intervention. A healthcare professional, therapist, or intervention specialist can help facilitate the process of getting the person into treatment.