Is It Possible to Help an Addict Who Doesn’t Want Help?
If you are dealing with a loved one who is struggling with drug and alcohol addiction but does not want to admit they have a problem and much less get help, you are probably spending a lot of time trying to figure out how to help them. Confronting them can be difficult, or if you already have, you are probably already aware of their adverse or defensive reaction to your suggesting they get substance abuse treatment.
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Helping an Addict Without Enabling
Although it may seem hopeless right now and difficult to watch a loved one’s addiction, no one is beyond recovery. There are several ways you can approach your loved one to help them become more aware of their problem and be more open about getting addiction treatment. Most people have no experience dealing with a loved one’s addiction, so getting outside help and advice is often needed to do this the right way that will result in positive results.
Staging An Effective Intervention
An intervention can help let loved ones express their feelings constructively and help the person struggling with substance abuse get into addiction recovery. The best way to stage a successful intervention is with an intervention specialist. Intervention specialists can help communicate between parties and help drug addicts be aware of their destructive behavior. You should also enlist other loved ones such as spouses, co-workers, parents, siblings, and close friends to be part of the intervention and express how the drug addicts’ destructive behaviors have affected them. The intervention specialist will most likely have the friend or family members rehearse and prepare for the intervention, such as pre-writing what they would like to say. Choose a meeting place that is familiar and non-threatening, as well as during a time the drug addicts will be sober. Be prepared for anything and expect difficulties because you cannot control or predict how they will react when confronted.
Educating an Addict on Treatment Options
You can research and educate yourself on various treatment programs available to inform the person with substance abuse disorder. Going away to an inpatient treatment facility can be scary for many. Still, if you learn about different approaches to drug addiction, you can reassure them they will be well taken care of and may even enjoy themselves. Many treatment facilities are in non-hospital settings with various drug addiction treatments. Although many therapies used in substance use disorders treatment are counseling based, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, group counseling, and family therapy, they also include many enjoyable treatments and activities such as massage, yoga, art therapy, and music therapy. Addiction treatment programs are not always residential treatment. Substance abuse treatment can be in an outpatient setting, including an intensive outpatient program (IOP) and a partial hospitalization program (PHP).
Getting Help for Yourself
Living or caring for a person with addiction can be very difficult on a person mentally and emotionally. You should take care of yourself through support groups like Al-Anon and Narc-Anon are 12-step programs designed for those with loved ones who are addicts. It would help if you also considered individual or family therapy. Educating yourself about various programs or approaches for drug addiction treatment will allow you to quickly help when they are ready for treatment.
Drug Rehab Programs and Family Support at The River Source
The River Source offers comprehensive, effective drug and alcohol addiction treatment solutions. Our treatment facility is in a non-hospital setting with various levels of care meant to help every client heal from substance abuse and mental health issues while helping them readjust to everyday life without alcohol or drugs. Part of our treatment programs includes family therapy which helps families heal from the effects of drug or alcohol addiction and allows family and friends to learn how to better support and help an addict. If you or your loved one is struggling with addiction, please give us a call at 866-294-9331 today to learn more about our treatment programs.