In the United States, there are currently tens of millions of people suffering from substance use disorders; sadly, few will get the help they need. In some cases, Individuals battling substance abuse may recognize that they have a problem but not seek treatment because they are stuck in a cycle of convincing themselves that each time they use will be the last, only to use again. Others do not believe they need help or don’t feel that they can take time away from the responsibilities of work, school, and family. Still, others simply don’t know where to begin.
Spokane Falls Recovery Center is here to help you with valuable information about how to help convince someone in need of drug addiction treatment to take their first steps on the road to recovery. Reach out to us online today or call us at 844.962.2775 to speak with one of our trained clinicians.
Convincing Someone to Go to Rehab
People who do not suffer from substance abuse or addiction often find it difficult to understand how or why a loved one continues to use, even as their lives are falling apart around them. This lack of understanding can cause you to resort to pleading with, nagging, or even threatening the addicted person. As difficult as it feels, it is important to refrain from such actions, as they often backfire, pushing the addicted person further away.
In your quest to convince your loved one to go to an addiction treatment center, there are certain steps you should take first:
- Educate yourself about substance use disorders
- Research available rehab programs
- Seek professional advice
- Make an intervention plan
- Create a plan for your self-care
At Spokane Falls Recovery Center, we are well-versed in assisting the family and friends of those suffering from substance use disorders. Reach out to our team today to learn more about how we can help you prepare for an intervention and find the right resources not only for your loved one but for you.
Planning an Intervention
Having taken the steps above, you will be more prepared to confront your loved one about accepting treatment. It is possible – and even likely – that the individual struggling with addiction, being in denial, will resist your efforts by making excuses for or downplaying their substance use. You can also expect him or her to become angry and defensive. Interventions are highly-charged emotional events for all involved. As important as it is to get your loved one to accept treatment, it is equally important to be sure that you have supports in place for yourself going into and following your planned intervention.
While every intervention is as unique as the individuals involved, some common key factors can contribute to a successful outcome. Likewise, certain things should be avoided. A major component to a successful intervention is to create an environment of empathy rather than criticism. Other factors that contribute to a successful outcome include:
- Including trusted loved ones
- Presenting a united front
- Avoiding conflict and placing blame
- Focusing on solutions
- Presenting consequences
- Being ready with a treatment plan
When an intervention successfully results in the addicted person agreeing to go to substance abuse treatment, it is imperative that the treatment plan is in place and can be implemented immediately.
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Convincing someone to enroll in an addiction treatment program can feel overwhelming. With the right combination of addiction treatment therapies and support, however, your loved one can get on the road to recovery.