7 steps to Get Someone into Rehab
how-to Guide for a Family Member

It can be very difficult to approach a loved one about their addiction, as the effort could damage your relationship with them. We cannot force or coerce our loved ones into accepting treatment, but we can take positive steps that encourage them to face their problems and seek help. This delicate task can be carried out much more easily if you have the right guidance. The lessons in this article will help you get someone into rehab even if they are in denial about their condition and are not initially willing to go.
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Getting a family member or a loved one into rehab

The seven steps outlined below aim to provide you with a solid structure about how to get someone into treatment. While every person’s circumstances are different, we believe these seven steps are applicable for most situations.

how to show support

This is a crucial moment in your loved one’s life, so be prepared to be understanding, compassionate and supportive. While you may not agree with some of the life choices they have made or the route they have taken, your patience and persistence will help get your family member into rehab so they can start their recovery.
When trying to get someone into treatment, we recommend the following approaches:
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things to avoid when trying to get someone into treatment

Though it is hard to get someone to go into rehab, ensure that you stay away from any negative themes that may derail the treatment process. In particular, the following practices are to be avoided:

When your loved one refuses treatment

Every family member or loved one should do their best to support those closest to them, but enabling behaviour can be counterproductive. Enablers allow those around them to avoid personal responsibility, which in turn leads their loved ones to believe that their addiction is acceptable and even supported.
Enabling is a habit – and like all habits, it can be broken. Here are some ways to prevent your loved one from ignoring the consequences of their own behaviour:

Stop cleaning up their mess

  • While it can be incredibly difficult to avoid doing such favours, there may be times when it is better not to act.
  • However positive your intentions, you may step over the line between helping them and enabling them to continue their addiction.
Stop funding them
  • It is essential to withdraw funding that allows your loved one to participate in their destructive behaviour.
  • People with addictions can sometimes discuss alcohol/drug use in terms of celebrations. They may feel they deserve some reward for passing a certain milestone, completing a task, or agreeing to treatment. Falling into this trap can prompt families to fund bad habits rather than putting a stop to them.
Communicate your limits/consequences
  • There may come a time when you have to put your foot down and let your loved one know that you have reached your limit, and there will be consequences for refusing to take part in the treatment process.
  • However difficult, you must be ready to enforce the rules and standards that you have already spelled out.

get help from a professional interventionist

If you feel that your loved one’s behaviour is spiralling out of control and they are a danger to themselves and others, it is essential that you seek the services of a professional interventionist. This kind of specialist can move along the process, while helping you get your loved one into rehab.
We appreciate how difficult it can be to watch a loved one struggling with an addiction. Reach out to us today to speak with our clinical advisors, and we’ll do everything we can to help.
Brett Thornton

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