Generally. ..people have to want to help themselves in order to get better unless they are seriously mentally unwell. Does he have any other issues you are concerned about other than alcohol addiction?
He has been to AA and was taken to A&E recently with DTs and given diazepam short term. Then was referred to alcohol support team for weekly counselling which he attended for a while then stopped. Hasn't eaten for days, is extremely distressed, tearful, afraid. Still drinking today. Hasn't washed in days. Says he is dying.....he is in a very bad way
Have found a residential rehab place but he needs a referral from gp for NHS to fund it.he says he wants to go, he wants to be sectioned, says he can't cope any more and the voices in his head are driving him mad. He lives alone and I know he is drinking tonight
Take him now while he wants to go. Maybe they will recoup the cost until he gets referred or possibly you could help. I have experience of this and you need to take him while he wants to go. Its imperative.
It hard to get someone sectioned. I know from experience as my dm is bipolar and my ds was an alcoholic. I've been through hell with them both. they have to want to help themselves and sometimes you just have to let go. I'm now nc with dm and its the hardest decision I have ever had to make. but untill she accepts responsibility for her own health I can't see her.
It can be hard to section someone for alcoholism. His nearest relative can request an assessment under the MHA. There has to be evidence that he has a MH disorder that requires assessment or treatment against his will.
He can be admitted to a MH unit without being sectioned.
Rethink is a useful website.
Like others say you need to go via A&E and the crisis team or the police but it can be hard to get a 136.
Don't take him to MH Unit, I know of none that would take him without a referral from the crisis team, a&e, community team, GP (would need to be gate kept by community first in this instance) or being taken there by the police.