Addiction is a destructive force that affects not only the person struggling with it but also their loved ones. Watching someone you care about spiral down into addiction can be heart-wrenching and frustrating, especially when they refuse to get help.
You may find yourself wondering if there’s anything you can do to make them go to rehab. The short answer is that, in most cases, no you can’t. But you can hold an intervention, which is a powerful way to convince people they should go.
Today we’ll cover what an intervention is, its pros and cons, how it works, and some alternative options for helping your loved one overcome addiction.
Can You Make Someone Go To Rehab?
The short answer is no, you cannot force someone to get help for their addiction. However, there are ways that you can encourage them to seek treatment.
One option is an intervention, which involves gathering friends and family together to confront the person about their addiction and its effects on themselves and others. While this approach can be successful in some cases, it also has its drawbacks.
For one thing, the person may feel attacked or defensive during the intervention and refuse help altogether. Additionally, interventions can sometimes create a sense of guilt or shame in both the addict and those involved in the process. For interventions to be successful, they need to be done well.
You can mitigate these factors by carefully planning an intervention out beforehand and hiring a professional intervention therapist.
Ultimately, it’s important to remember that each individual struggling with addiction has agency over their own life and choices. While we may want nothing more than for our loved ones to get help for their substance abuse issues, ultimately it is up to them whether they decide to seek treatment or not.
What Is An Intervention?
An intervention is a planned meeting between family members, friends, and professionals who have concerns about an individual’s addiction or harmful behavior. The goal of an intervention is to persuade the person to seek help for their problem.
During an intervention, participants confront the individual in a non-threatening manner and express their love and concern for them. They provide specific examples of how the person’s addiction or harmful behavior has affected them personally.
The idea behind an intervention is not to force someone into rehab but rather to encourage them to seek help willingly. Participants also present treatment options that are available to the person with addiction issues.
An intervention can be a powerful tool in helping individuals realize they need professional help. It provides loved ones with support while allowing them to express how they feel about the situation without guilt or blame.
However, interventions should always be carried out by experienced professionals who understand how it works and know what steps must take place before intervening. Interventions can backfire if done incorrectly causing more harm than good.
How Does An Intervention Work
The process of an intervention can be challenging, but it is often the first step towards recovery. There are several things that happen during an intervention.
First, the person planning the intervention will gather friends and family members together to discuss their concerns about their loved one. They will carefully plan out the time and place of the intervention, coach everyone on how they should speak to the person with an addiction, and explore treatment options to have them ready for the day of the intervention. In the best case, they will decide to hire a professional interventionist.
On the day of the intervention, everyone will gather at the time and place to express their concerns about their loved one’s behavior. This meeting may involve discussing specific instances where the individual has caused harm to themselves or others.
Ideally a professional interventionist will guide everyone through the process and ensure that everyone stays on track during this emotionally charged conversation. During this time, each person will take turns expressing how they feel about their loved one’s addiction problem and why they think rehab is necessary.
Then comes the actual offer of help— either by providing transportation to treatment facilities or helping arrange financial support for rehab services. It is important at this point not to make threats or ultimatums but instead give love and support while also emphasizing consequences if they refuse help. It’s always best to have rehab options available at your disposal before the intervention happens so the addict can be gotten into treatment ASAP.
Interventions provide hope when other methods seem ineffective in getting someone into treatment. By showing people that they have a support system committed to helping them recover from substance abuse problems in a structured way, many individuals find success in overcoming addictions after going through an intervention program.
Think Your Addicted Loved One Is Hopeless? Think Again
While it may be difficult to make someone go to rehab, there are options available for friends and family members who are concerned about their loved one’s well-being. An intervention can be an effective way to encourage someone to seek help for addiction.
Ultimately, the decision to seek treatment must come from within the person themselves. While we can offer support and encouragement along the way, each individual must take ownership of their own recovery journey. With love, compassion, and patience, we can help our loved ones find their path towards healing and long-term sobriety.
And if you’re looking for a reputable treatment center or help with an intervention, please give us a call at (888) 985-2207 and we can help you figure out the best options for your loved ones.
- years in the field