You likely hear a lot about rehab in the news with celebrities, but how do you deal with it when a loved one of your own needs the same help? It becomes all the more challenging when that person close to you thinks they don't need rehab, even if you're sure they do.
While this might lead to a major argument with a parent, relative, or friend, it's not impossible to get them to rehab. You just need to learn how to evaluate the situation, find approach methods, stage an intervention, and better understand what addiction is.
Once you get past those hurdles, you can work with a loved one to find the best treatment option while giving them unconditional support. You'll also want to look into your best insurance options.
How Do You Know if Your Loved One Needs Help?
As Narconon.org points out, addiction typically clouds judgement, often overriding the emotional reasons to quit for sake of family and friends. On rare occasions, you might find someone who quit drug addiction based on strong emotion, though relapse is common without continual support.
What makes this worse is many drug addicts often go to rehab and get maintenance programs done. In these places, they're given Methadone or Suboxone to satisfy cravings. As opiates, they may work for a while, yet they're only bringing another attachment to a drug.
Despite various rehab options, your loved one may think they don't need rehab now. What signs should you look out for to determine reality rather than excuses?
Be on the lookout for these signs:
- Your family member or friend had at least one incident where they've driven a car while intoxicated or high.
- The person now has health problems associated with a drug addiction.
- They're starting to experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking a drug.
- They've physically harmed you or a fellow loved one due to their addictions.
- Job loss occurred due to drug or alcohol-related dependency.
How Do You Approach Someone About Going to Rehab?
One of the most important things to remember before trying to convince someone to seek rehab is to not judge them. If you start judging them for their addictions, it's only going to irk them more, leading to possible friendship loss, or bitter arguments with your family.
"Avoid statements like 'You should never have started abusing prescription drugs…' or 'You'd be fine if you hadn't hooked up with that guy.' Also stay away from religious or philosophical arguments."
To start your approach, you should provide proof in how their addictions affect the people around them. Using visual evidence in how their drug dependency affects close family members, they'll see what the consequences really are.
A tough love stance can sometimes work, especially if your loved one is dependent on you for financial well-being. Telling them you won't give them any more money if they keep up their addiction can sometimes persuade them rehab is the only way forward.
The best way to approach an addict, though, is through professional intervention. Attempting to do this on your own can't occur successfully without a good plan.
Using a Professional Interventionalist
You might find it difficult taking on an intervention alone with your loved one. Don't feel like you've failed, because it's one of the most difficult tasks if you have no experience.
A professional interventionalist helps you through the storm and works out a plan that helps convince a friend or relative to take action.
Some things these professionals do include:
- They'll help develop a team that can work to convince a loved one they need help. This means selecting people the addict is most close to for the greatest impact. In many cases, the professional helps put together family interventions.
- The professional works to learn more about the addict to develop the best intervention plan. By identifying the best people to get involved, the interventionalist provides backup with education and support.
- In the plan, the professional helps guide you and the addict to the best possible treatment program.