How to Help an Addict get Treatment

Helping a friend or family member with a substance abuse addiction can be challenging, especially if your loved one is reluctant to the idea of treatment. These tips may aid the process.

1. Get support from other friends and family. It often takes a team of supportive friends and family members working together to encourage someone that treatment is necessary. A unified front of trusted and respected individuals can have more influence than a single person.

2. Do not support the addiction. Well-meaning friends and family often pay bills or buy food without realizing they are supporting the addiction. While difficult to watch your loved struggle, many addicts need to hit rock bottom before accepting and seeking help.

3. Help your loved one acknowledge they have an addiction. While discussion the subject of an addiction, do your best to stay calm and focused. Above all, avoid accusations. Treatment is most effective when the individual accepts that they have a problem. Gently lead them on a path that demonstrates how family, financial and professional conflicts all tie in to the substance abuse problem. Paint the picture of the issues so they can see and come to terms the damage being done by their addiction.

4. Show your loved one why they need treatment. A common response by people suffering from a substance abuse disorder is they can stop anytime. To that, ask the question, if you can stop, why are you continuing to use? It may take several attempts with this dialogue, but offer the praises of a reputable treatment center, the fact that in treatment, they’ll be with people and have counselors who understand addiction. Remind them that their way is not working and maybe treatment will.

5. Help your loved one choose a treatment program and get started. Review treatment options with your loved one and make them part of the decision-making process. Encourage them to speak with treatment providers and even tour some of the facilities under consideration.

If your loved one is reluctant or refuses to enter a treatment program, remain firm and do not give up. Treatment is most effective when the individual has accepted the problem and is ready to confront it.

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