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helping_lovedGetting Your Family Member Into Drug or Alcohol Rehab Doesn’t Have to Feel Impossible

It is true that confronting someone about a drug or alcohol problem, whether at home or at work, can be very difficult.  But it usually takes the help of a loved one to get that person into treatment, and there are things you can do to ensure your efforts are effective.

 

Warning Signs of Addiction

  • Dependence on a substance or activity. Your family member won’t be able to go long without using, is abusing a substance regardless of the known dangers and is unable to stop. Constantly talking about wanting to drink alcohol but can go for days without a drink does not mean he or she is addicted, but this may signify an alcohol abuse problem that could turn into alcoholism.
  • Loss of focus/interest. Your family member loses or has lost interest in the things they used to care about most – hobbies, activities, work, friends, etc. As addiction takes over, nothing else seems as important.
  • Change in daily patterns. Your family member shows a change in eating and sleeping patterns, and although they may know their actions are hurting themselves and their loved ones, addiction can’t easily be stopped. Sleepless nights, lack of desire to eat, changes in appearance and depression are common, noticeable results.
  • Separation from close family and friends. Those battling addiction often become more reserved and isolate from family and close friends, due to shame, guilt or embarrassment because of their addiction – or anger and resentment toward those they blame for their addiction.

How to Help Your Family Member

You can help your family member by stop letting excuses slide, and refrain from being there to provide money and shelter. Enabling is more hurtful than it is helpful.

Secondly, talk to your loved one, and be honest and fair. Tell them what you’ve seen or know about the problem, and express your concern for their well-being.

Then, be ready to help. Call DARS today for the help you need.

Quick Facts

Everyone in an addicted family system needs to get help and the sooner they get it, the sooner the family can start to heal. If this kind of healing doesn’t take place a few things might happen:

  • The addict may relapse.
  • The family may break up or polarize.
  • The sober addict may have to leave the family in order to get and stay sober.
  • The family may find a new “problem person” or “symptom bearer” to take the focus off the family illness. [1]

The chances for recovery greatly increase when family members and loved ones are involved in the treatment process.

Intervention May Be the Answer

Well planned interventions are a benefit to you and your loved one. With the help of a professional, interventions can be organized and enlightening.

In a non-offensive and non-threatening way, the goal of an intervention is to help your loved one see the effects their addiction has on others, that they have a problem and that treatment is necessary.

An intervention should bring together close family and friends who believe it is in your loved one’s best interest to seek treatment. The family should have treatment options prepared so that once your loved one agrees, he or she can quickly be admitted to a facility that will provide the help and support needed to achieve sobriety.

With all the dangers of drugs, we aren’t doing anyone any favors by keeping quiet. The sooner your loved one gets help, the better for your entire family.

 

Call us today at 855.561.1900 to learn more about our alcohol rehab programs, and get started on your journey.

Sources
(1) Huffington Post 

Ask Us a Question

jessica ricciutiJuly 15, 2013 at 6:49 pmReply

my boyfriends older brother is having an issue with drugs. he is currently in jail for being under the influence and prostitution. Their mother called me and asked me for help on finding information for an intervention and a few rehabilitaion centers after he gets out of jail. I was curious as to what i needed to look up exactly. i have some centers near us written down and i have a hotline number, but how can i find a specialist for interventions? someone cheap? please, get back to me as soon as possible. Thank you.

treatmentJuly 18, 2013 at 4:34 pmReply

Hi, thanks for reaching out. Our Treatment Consultants can refer you to one of our interventionists, or point you in the right direction to find one on your own. Give them a ring at 855-561-1900

RameyAugust 24, 2013 at 6:32 pmReply

My mother of 72 was just diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. She has not been drinking for a month (that we know of). Our struggle now is finding her a place for rehabilitation. We are having a very hard time finding places that help older adults, and that aren’t going to be $40K plus a month. Any guidance is greatly appreciated.

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