Addiction treatment works
The first thing you need to know is that addiction treatment does work. If you have a loved one suffering from a substance use disorder, then your goal is to focus on getting them the help they need. Here are a few tips on how to convince someone to get addiction treatment.
Talk to, not at, the person
Nobody wants to suffer from addictions. It’s a dark and scary place. You need to reassure them that they can do this. Acknowledge that it won’t be easy, but it is possible. Be sure to be supportive because they’re afraid. Talk to them about their fears and try to address possible solutions.
Discuss the consequences of not getting addiction treatment
It’s a good idea to get an addictions expert involved when trying to convince a loved one to get help for their addictions. They should warn about the dire consequences of addiction and be as vivid as possible. The goal is to convince the person to get help.
Determine solutions to barriers to addiction treatment
What are the barriers stopping them from getting help?
It’s important to figure that out with them. Write down each barrier, then write down several positive solutions to each barrier. When that is completed, present it to the person who is struggling and explain what you came up with.
This will help reduce the person’s fears and anxieties to convince them to get help. Developing a plan to counter their reasons for not getting help will go a long way.
Nobody wants to be forced into something. It’s a typical reaction to be resistant when feeling that way. However, if a person feels as though something is their own decision, they’ll be much more likely to do it.
Providing empathy when it comes to a loved one’s addiction means:
- Asking open-ended questions – rather than making statements
- Keeping conversations generalized – rather than accusatory
- Walking away from a conversation, rather than disagreeing or arguing
- Avoiding criticism
- Demonstrating concern
Have someone who’s been through addiction treatment talk to them
Step 12 of Alcoholics Anonymous is “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”
This means that part of living in recovery is to help others to live in recovery. This is one of the many reasons that Alcoholics Anonymous has been proven to be so successful.
People who suffer from substance use disorders understand each other, and a person in active addiction will be more likely to listen to someone who has gone through it themselves.
Create and enforce specific, healthy boundaries
The most important decisions you can make about a loved one’s addiction are about yourself.
Be very clear when setting boundaries with them, and make sure you follow through on them! People suffering from substance use disorders are sick. They will lie, cheat and steal to be able to use. They will naturally try to manipulate you and test your boundaries. Stand firm.
Enlisting help to motivate a loved one to go to rehab can entail several different avenues:
- Attend groups for family and friends such as Al-Anon. These groups are for people who love and care for those in active addiction and recovery.
- See a counsellor or therapist for yourself.
- Connect with someone who is already in recovery to get their advice.
- Contact an Addictions Specialist before your loved one is ready to accept help. That way, when they’re ready to reach out for help, you already have a plan.
- Consult with a Certified Interventionist. A professional interventionist has the experience and training to help convince your loved one that change is necessary.
It’s heartbreaking to see someone you love suffering from substance use disorders. If you’re at the end of your rope, reach out and get help.
We have Addictions Specialists available around the clock, so know that you are not alone.