Leslie's children
 
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By the time an A&E addiction specialist got involved, Leslie had completed several treatment programs, but she never made it more than a few years without a relapse. "My life has spiraled downhill from the woman that I used to be, the woman that I'm capable of being, the woman that I want to be," she said.

Usually, children aren't allowed to be part of the intervention process, but in Leslie's case, her interventionist made an exception. "I've been doing this a long time, and I can tell you that I usually never allow children to be a part of this process. It's too painful," said Candy Finnigan, the interventionist. "I could have never done this without your children. They are the mainstay of why today you should make a decision to never drink again."

Cale, Leslie's oldest son, pleaded with his mother to get help. "Mom, your alcoholism has affected my life negatively. When you drink, it makes me feel embarrassed," he said. "The alcoholism has taken away the old loving mom."

Leslie agreed to enter another rehabilitation facility, and she now says she's sober for one and a half years.
FROM: Intervention: The Man Eating Himself to Death
Published on January 21, 2010

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