Do you have someone in your life who has been struggling with addiction to benzos or alcohol for many years? Has it had a negative impact on their career and relationships? If so, you should do whatever you can to help this person kick his or her destructive habit once and for all. You could very well be saving their life in the process. You will need to convince this person that the only way to escape the hold that addiction has on them is to check into a licensed rehab facility. There is a good chance that they will not be very receptive to this idea. They might insist they do not have a serious problem. However, you know the truth. Here is how to get a loved one to enter rehab.
- Tell the person how you feel
Drug and alcohol addiction are very serious things. Therefore, the time for being subtle is in the past. You must talk to your loved one and be very blunt and direct regarding the things you are feeling. Tell the person how it is breaking your heart to watch him or her go into a downward spiral because of their addiction. You should hold nothing back. Your loved one needs to hear the honest truth about how their addiction is affecting the people in their life. Addicts often fail to realize the huge impact their actions have on the people they love. With any luck, your loved one will take a long look in the mirror and reexamine the decisions that he or she has made. Your honest discussion might be enough to convince your loved one to check into a rehab facility.
- Group intervention
You are most likely familiar with what a group intervention is. The people who are closest to an addict gather together and confront this person about his or her addiction. Each person makes a list of the ways that this person’s addiction has negatively impacted them. They all speak their mind and ask the person to seek help. Interventions have been successful. However, the addict needs to want to quit. This is the key to all addicts kicking their habit. They need the desire to change their life. In many cases, having an intervention attended by the people they love is enough to give the addict the motivation they need to seek treatment. It helps if every person attending the intervention takes the time to prepare by writing down all of the things that he or she wants to say. This will prevent anyone from forgetting anything important.
- Have your loved one talk to recovered addicts
It used to be popular for law enforcement officers to take juvenile offenders to adult prisons so they can talk to convicted criminals who are serving life sentences. The idea was to make the juveniles think about the consequences of committing crimes in the hopes that they would live a clean life. You can use this same idea when it comes to people who are addicted to either drugs or alcohol. However, you can take a more positive approach. It would be a good idea to arrange a meeting between your loved one and former addicts who have recovered. These people can give your loved one valuable advice about how to stay sober. Basically, you want to give hope to the person you care about. You need to make them realize that it is possible to quit using drugs and alcohol and live a normal life once again. These former addicts are living proof that addiction does not need to last for the rest of your life. Hopefully, your loved one will see that there is a way out.
- Take your loved one on a rehab facility tour
Unfortunately, the fear of the unknown is what stops many addicts from entering rehab. They have many preconceived notions about what rehab is really like based on many TV shows and movies they have seen. However, their ideas regarding rehab almost never equal reality. This is why you should take your loved one to a rehab facility in person. They will be able to talk to the staff and find out how it works.
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