The last thing you ever want in life is to see someone you love struggling with an addiction. But if this is your reality, you know your loved one needs help.
Unfortunately, you can't force someone into rehab. You have to convince them they have an addiction and that they need help.
Approaching your loved one and hosting an intervention is intimidating. You have no idea what to say or how to tell them that they have a problem.
If you want to know how to get someone into rehab, here's your guide.
Recognize Their Signs
There's a difference between an addict and someone who recreationally partakes in alcohol and drugs. Most addicts think they only do their habit casually. In reality, they have a problem but they don't realize it.
As someone close to them, you need to document their signs of addiction. During your intervention, read their signs and explain why they're harmful.
But before hosting an intervention, research the signs. Try and spend as much time with this person as you can. Do they immediately grab alcohol or do drugs first thing in the morning? Do they go to work under the influence?
If their habit interferes with their daily lives or they can't go a day without using drugs or alcohol, they're likely an addict.
Other personable signs may also count as signs of addiction.
Do they exhibit a drastic change in behavior? Do they act dangerous or reckless, without caring for their health or well-being? Are there problems at home, school or work you know about?
Think about these addiction signs and document them. During your intervention, explain these signs and symptoms and why they point to addiction.
Research Treatment Options
Most addicts aren't comfortable with rehab because they suspect they will be out of their home for months.
While this is an effective treatment strategy, there are many treatment options. Before saying "rehab," find a treatment option you know they will consider.
For example, moving to a new town is an effective way to rid a habit.
Your loved one isn't around people who can coerce them or try and sell them drugs.
If you think professional help is best, inpatient rehab isn't your only option. There's outpatient rehab, group meetings, group activities, and other addiction recovery options.
You can even see a doctor regularly to detox the drugs and alcohol out of their system. This is a holistic and healthy option. No drugs will exist in their system, making it less likely they will relapse.
Rather than explain they need rehab, offer another option and see if they will oblige.
Have an Intervention with a Counselor
If you don't think you can do an intervention on your own, visit a counselor or an intervention specialist. Oftentimes, addicts are too comfortable with the family. They know they can rely on you for money or a place to crash.
But addicts are uncomfortable around strangers. Especially someone who's trained in dealing with addicts.
A counselor can also help you speak to an addict.
You hate to see your loved one suffer from an addiction but you don't want to put them in an intimidating situation. A counselor takes the emotion out of the situation and delivers the facts.
This is likely to put the addict back into reality and realize they need help.
Always Offer Support
Even though you need to lay a firm hand on the addict, you know your support means everything. Recovery is a hard and painful process.
Addicts go through complex emotions and even suffer physical side effects. They need someone they can always talk to. During your intervention, say you'll support them through their recovery. You'll be there for them and will help them.
Rehab is like a punishment for most addicts. It tells them they're a failure and need to make up for what they've done.
By being supportive and understanding, you're encouraging them to be a better person rather than make up for years of substance abuse.
This support will help an addict understand they have a problem and need help. If they didn't have a strong support system, they will go back to abusing drugs and alcohol.
Plan Your Intervention Carefully
Now you're ready to plan your intervention.
But do so carefully. Interventions are tricky and there's no right way to host an intervention. You have to do what's best for the addict and for their situation. You also have to approach them the way that will work.
You also need to plan your words and actions. Identifying their addiction signs is a good start. But after that, most family members don't know how to draw the line between affectionate and firm.
Setting and timing are also major factors. Should you invite them to your house or visit them at their house? Should you take them out to eat or for coffee?
If you decide to see a therapist, make sure you have a few visits with the counselor before the intervention. The counselor will help go through the intervention process and will recommend a dialogue.
You also can't predict how your loved one will act. Typically, addicts get defensive about your claims.
They may even be under the influence during your intervention. If they get out of control, you need to prepare yourself to control the situation.
Just be honest and know what will work best for the addict. The only thing you can do is hope for the best.
Now You How to Get Someone Into Rehab
Having an intervention isn't easy and getting someone into rehab is even more difficult.
You can't force someone into rehab, but you can do your best. No one knows how to get someone into rehab, but there are tips and tricks that have better results.
The best thing you can do is give your unconditional love and support.
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