How Do I Help Someone Get Addiction Treatment?

How do I help someone get addiction treatment?Someone you care about needs addiction help, but where do you begin? The following steps will help you get someone you care about into rehab treatment.

Step #1: Take Care of Yourself

A difficult thing to accept is that you can’t force anyone into treatment. Even if you legally place someone in treatment, you cannot make that person participate in recovery. However, there are some things you can do. First, take some time to take care of yourself. Learn all you can about addiction, and attend local Al-Anon meetings to connect with other people in your situation. Prepare yourself to gently confront the addicted person in your life. The more confident and calm you can be about this entire process, the more successful you will be.

Step #2: Research and Prepare to Intervene

An intervention is a carefully planned and structured confrontation that is both loving and supportive. The intervention is designed to help you talk reasonably with your loved one about addiction and help him or her decide to get treatment help. It is absolutely vital that you prepare for an intervention before you begin. If your loved one accepts treatment, you need to have rehab treatment planned ahead of time. You do not want to give your loved one more than 24 hours to change his or her mind about treatment. Have treatment lined up and ready to begin immediately. In some cases, you may want to consider having an interventionist present when you discuss treatment with your loved one. The following are several of the many benefits to having an interventionist present:

  • Your loved one may be more likely to listen to an outsider
  • You will have more safety if your loved one becomes angry
  • You will have better preparation during the entire intervention

Step #3: Stop Supporting the Addiction

You don’t have to turn your loved one out into the cold, but there are ways to stop supporting your loved one’s addiction. Because each addiction is different, there are different ways to stop supporting the habit. Don’t be afraid to get creative. Be sure that your loved one was made aware of these consequences during the intervention. Stay firm and stand by the rules you made.

Step #4: If All Else Fails, Consider Power of Attorney

If the addicted person is a close family member, you may be able to gain legal power of attorney over this person. This should be used as a last resort and is not possible in all scenarios. If you have legal power of attorney over a person, you will be able to make decisions for that person’s wellbeing. You must be able to prove to a judge that your loved one is not competent to care for him or herself. If you decide to go this route, you must have an attorney.

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