Family members are frequently the ones who try to initiate treatment for substance abuse and they are also the ones who are most affected by the addict’s behavior at both an emotional and frequently financial level. Many of these family members have been lied to, disappointed and even stolen from by the addict and they are usually at their wits end when they try and persuade the addict to seek treatment. One of their frequently asked questions is how to get the addict committed to a drug rehabilitation center if they don’t want to go. That’s an excellent question and unfortunately the answer is not encouraging. It is extremely difficult to get an adult person admitted to a treatment program against their will, unless it is ordered by court which usually has a criminal charge behind it.
If the substance abuser is a minor the process is much easier as they can be admitted against their will and detained in the residential program. The best option for adults, however, is to stage an intervention and get them into treatment as a result. To do this successfully there are many recommended steps and some great advice about the does and don’ts of this activity.
To successfully stage an intervention it has to come as a surprise and all of the participants, excluding the addict, have to be on board with the game plan and their role in it. The main goal of the intervention is typically to get the addict to not only admit to their problem but agree to seek treatment. And once this has been achieved the most important aspect is for someone to take them to the treatment facility, immediately if possible, as soon as they can. The addict, who is no stranger to lies, will likely say whatever they have to in order to get out from under pressure. And even when they sincerely intend to seek treatment they will almost always change their mind and do what they can to get out of it when the time comes. This is why it is so important for someone else, who will not give in to the pleas, demand or threats of the addict, to take them to treatment, and ideally this will happen as soon as possible after the intervention.