How To Admit Someone to Rehab Who Refuses to Go
Some people fear that if an individual with a substance addiction is admitted to rehab against their will, they will not benefit from time spent in rehab. However, scientific evidence suggests few differences in the success rates of those who voluntarily go to rehab and those who go involuntarily. The patient suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction can still recover with a high-quality treatment program at a rehab center, even if they don’t go willingly at first.
It is indeed a smoother admission process when the patient is ready for change. But sometimes, an intervention is the best (and only) option. If a loved one continues down a self-destructive path, he or she could hurt themselves or others. It’s OK to guide them off that path and toward rehab instead.
Below are some actionable tips that may be useful for assisting someone struggling with addiction issues. These steps may help encourage a loved one to join a rehab program and begin the recovery journey.
Involuntary commitment is one potential way to assist an individual who requires healing and recovery from addiction issues. This might be the best option when the person suffering from a substance abuse disorder is a danger to themselves or others. Court-ordered rehab also falls under involuntary commitment as opposed to voluntary.
This option requires substantial and reliable evidence demonstrating the potential harm for the person or others, which might be difficult to obtain. It can also be a lengthy process. Involuntary commitment laws are not in place in all U.S. states, but the laws are changing.
In Florida, the specific law used to commit someone to treatment involuntarily is known as the Marchman Act. The Marchman Act provides for voluntary admissions and involuntary assessment, stabilization, and treatment of adults and youth who are severely impaired due to substance abuse.
How To Hold An Intervention
An intervention is a straightforward approach that may help a loved one reach an informed decision regarding their recovery options. Holding an intervention requires direct communication with the person suffering from a substance abuse disorder. This method allows for an upfront and honest conversation about addiction and how it affects their lives and the lives of others.
Try to discuss specific examples of harmful habits and the consequences of their substance issues during the intervention. After giving concrete evidence of the severity of the addiction, bring up a possible treatment plan. While an intervention does not force a person to go to rehab, it may help them to see the situation more clearly and to better understand their options.
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Steps For Getting Someone
Into a Rehab Program
Recognize the Signs of Addiction
There are many warning signs of addiction. From noticing a change in a person’s behavior to noticing a loved one acting dangerously and recklessly, the signs of addiction can hide in plain sight.
Drug and alcohol addiction can lead to problems at home, work issues, and deteriorating school performance. If a loved one shows these warning signs, it may be time to evaluate how to proceed.
Find Out If a Loved One Is Open to
the Idea of Rehab
Once the addiction signs are observed, find out if the individual is open to the idea of entering rehab as a next step. If he or she says yes, it’s time to begin planning and researching treatment options (see Step 3) if you haven’t done so already.
However, if they say no, or become hostile when the idea is brought up, it may be time to hire a professional interventionist. An interventionist is a trained specialist that can help family and friends get their loved ones to commit to a recovery plan; they are removed from the situation and can ensure a successful transition.
Research Treatment Options
Some questions to consider when looking at treatment options might include the following:
- Type of program: Is outpatient or inpatient the best fit for someone? Will they need a detox?
- Length of program: Will the patient be able to commit to a longer-term program (more than 30 days)?
- Location of treatment center: Will the patient be better served by staying local, or will they benefit from a new location further away?
- Treatment approach: What kind of therapy will be most suitable? Is a faith-based approach better? Or would they benefit from a trauma-focused approach?
- Treatment financing:How will the patient pay for their treatment services? Will they need to utilize their insurance, and if so, how much will they be responsible for paying out of pocket?
Discuss Logistical Options With a
When determining how to get someone into rehab, it’s best to have all the logistical details worked out before planning the intervention. Find out where the person will sleep, organize any necessary travel details, and arrange any required financing before someone enters rehab.
A predetermined plan in place may help avoid a situation in which a person can invent excuses for why they can’t commit to treatment.
Plan an Intervention
Talking to someone about their addiction needs to be approached with care. It’s critical to understand when to be sympathetic and when to be firm. Words and actions can have a significant impact, so choose them carefully.
The most effective way to confront a person struggling with an addiction is with an intervention. The intervention plan should include a chosen rehab center before the intervention takes place. This way, they can enter the facility immediately after the intervention, when the intervention’s impact is strongest.
Show Love, Support, and
When communicating with loved ones, make sure they feel supported at all times. This is paramount because it helps patients to take their recovery seriously.
Choosing a treatment facility with an empathetic and understanding staff is also extremely important.
Committing to rehab can sometimes feel like a punishment for a person struggling with addiction. But regular communication and emotional support from the patient’s friends and family can make a large difference in their recovery chances.
Talk to Professionals About
Rehab is the best way to jump-start a recovery, but the real work happens when the patient is discharged from a treatment center and goes back to the “real world.” There are many programs in place for enrolling in rehab; combined with solid family support, a loved one has a better chance of maintaining his or her sobriety.
Getting help for a loved one can potentially be a life-saving event. Proper preparation will make the difficult journey to recovery just a little bit easier.