SOMEONE YOU CARE ABOUT IS ABUSING DRUGS OR ALCOHOL. YOU KNOW THAT – WITHOUT HELP – THIS PERSON IS IN DANGER OF LOSING EVERYTHING. WOULD YOU KNOW HOW TO GET SOMEONE INTO REHAB? MOST IMPORTANTLY, WHAT WOULD PERSUADE THEM TO STAY THERE?
EMPATHY VS. CONFRONTATION
By now you’ve probably begged, pleaded, yelled, and threatened. Your loved one might have made promises or maybe just ignored you. Learning how to get someone into rehab requires you to take a different approach. Sometimes, it’s the most challenging aspect of the conversations.
Confrontations typically don’t work. They merely cause the other person to become stubborn. Empathy is a better option. Trying to see the world from your loved one’s point of view helps with opening a healthy dialogue. It may be easier to get somebody into rehab if they are able to go with somebody that they love, can trust, and can relate to. With that in mind, it might be worth looking into something like couples rehabs if you know people that may be able to benefit from rehab as a partnership, helping them to recover from their addictions and grow as a pair.
Empathy doesn’t mean enabling. It also doesn’t mean that you agree with the other person’s choices. In contrast, it signals that you value the individual and genuinely care. Similarly, empathy preserves your loved one’s dignity.
HOW TO GET SOMEONE INTO REHAB WHEN THEY’RE NOT REALLY THINKING ABOUT IT
Educate yourself on what rehab is like. Some people might hesitate to check in because they’re afraid of being in a locked hospital. They don’t know about the availability of addiction treatment services. If you have brochures or screenshots on hand, the conversation might go differently.
Ask if your loved one’s willing to check into rehab. In some cases, the person has already been thinking about it but needs help with working out logistics. Having you introduce the subject makes it easier for the individual to talk about it. Of course, there’s also a chance that the person will say no.
In this case, it’s essential that you connect with a therapist who understands how to conduct interventions. They focus on overcoming objections and excuses. Unlike what you see on TV, there’s no threatening or yelling. A high-quality rehab facility can assist you.
If your loved one is still not willing to enter rehab, stop enabling the drug abuse. This means that you no longer cover up the results of substance abuse. You stop lying and making excuses. Most importantly, you no longer provide monetary assistance.
WHAT GOES ON AT REHAB?
By now you’re probably curious to find out what rehab is like.
Typically, treatments include:
- Dual diagnosis treatment that addresses underlying co-occurring mental health conditions
- Nutritional planning to facilitate physiological healing and strengthening
- Behavioral counseling that empowers the individual to develop healthy coping skills for dysfunctional stress responses
- Trauma counseling, which helps the individual work through significant past events
- Experiential therapy that includes recreational opportunities for self-expression and socialization
Rehab isn’t drudgery. In contrast, it’s an opportunity to change a life’s trajectory. It enables the individual to return to lifelong sobriety.