January 8, 2010 in drug rehab
There are two methods for getting an addict to go to drug rehab. The first method is to force them to go against their will. This method is not highly preferred or effective. Until the addict is able to see their problem for them self, they won’t see the changes that need to be made. It could also create more anger and possibly make the situation worse.
The second option is for the addict to choose to go to rehab of their own free will. This method is much more effective because the addict realizes that there is a problem and that there are changes that need to be made. However, that does not mean that the family is not involved. They are often that first step in encouraging an addict to seek help.
A drug intervention is usually one of the first things a family can do is to research drug rehabs. Find a facility that will fit the age and personality of your loved one. If they enjoy being outdoors, find one that emphasis outdoor activities. If they enjoy the arts, there are many that offer art or acting classes. With thousands of facilities nationwide, there is no end to the possibilities. If they see the facility as a positive experience, they will be more willing to go and learn.
Once you have decided on a facility, bring the family and friends together for an intervention. It is very important to plan the intervention in advance, so that it will go as smoothly as possible. Throughout the intervention express in a loving and supportive manner that they have a problem, that you care about them and want them to get help, and that there is hope.
Once they agree to go, it is important to act fast. Call the rehab facility you have chosen and get them in as soon as possible. The longer you wait the more likely they will be to change their mind about going.
The important thing to remember is, even if they don’t agree to go the first time, don’t give up. While it is imperative that the family be a loving, strong support system, getting better is ultimately a decision that the addict will have to make, but you can be there to help them when they are ready to take that next step.
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