We’re here to help you figure out how to get someone into rehab.
It can be one of the most painful times in your life, seeing your loved one addicted to drugs or alcohol. Painful because you may feel helpless to do anything to snap them out of it. Or scary because you may not have any idea of what to do to get them help. Even worse, your loved one could be refusing to get help. There are many frightful scenarios that could be played out, but to the contrary, you are not helpless. There are many things you can do to try to help figure out how to get someone into rehab, preferably in an inpatient treatment facility where the outcome is usually much more positive. Let’s look at some of them now.
The First Step
First, let’s review getting into inpatient treatment if your loved one is willing. The first step is always reaching out for help. The internet has become an amazing thing with a great deal of information about treatment facilities, among other things. You are able to look at reviews of inpatient units, check them out and see which facilities have the philosophy and amenities that are important to you and your loved one. They will have intake staff available to you to talk with you about what needs to happen to get your loved one in there, what the next steps are, and how the process will go from beginning to end.
Another option that you may have for helping your loved get into inpatient treatment is their insurance. Your loved one’s insurance company can often provide a list of referrals to places they work with, to make this as easy as possible for you. Sometimes taking care of some of the bigger questions like payment right away can make this a simple process, and encourage your loved one to get help. There are many government programs that help pay for inpatient treatment, and they can provide referrals to specific rehab units. Government programs can help pay for some or all of the treatment, making this easier to get into for your loved one.
Now, talking with staff and getting help arranging payment will help people interested in treatment. What about people that are resistant to getting help? This is a little harder, but it is not impossible and you are not helpless. First, always stay in communication with the inpatient rehab that may be able to help your loved one. They may be holding a bed for them and will need to know what is going on. The inpatient unit may also have staff that can come out and talk with your loved one themselves, and provide a type of intervention to help encourage and motivate them to get into treatment. Either way staying in contact will be one of the most helpful things you can do.
Talk with Family and Friends
Talking with your friends and family is the first step to figure out how to get someone into rehab, especially if that person might be reluctant to the idea. It may be difficult for some, but in the end this gives you the best chance of changing their behavior for the better and getting them into rehab. First, this has to be an honest talk about what you are seeing and more importantly what you are feeling. Let them know how their substance abuse has been impacting you and the rest of the family. This may be best to write down ahead of time, so you can get everything down that you want to say. In an emotional situation, having something to focus on and help you remember the important things will be of great benefit. Your loved one needs to hear all the pain, fear, and anger that you are carrying as a result of their substance abuse.
Expectations and Consequences
While talking is a great step, and an important one, it cannot be the last step. Part of the conversation with your loved one has to be about expectations and consequences. You need to set up what you expect from them, the changes they must make. This has to be a part of the talk. You need to figure this out in advance. What do they need to do? Stop using completely? Go into inpatient care? Whatever it is, spell it out and then tell them what will happen if they fail to follow through with your expectations. The consequences will be an individual thing, and what you are willing to do.
This has to be something that you will commit to as well. For some it may be tough, but you need to follow through when you give an expectation and they fail to follow through with it. The consequences need to be something that will have an impact and show you are serious. It may be something as simple as refusing to cover for them when they are under the influence, for example, not calling into work for them saying they are sick. Or it could be something much more serious. The choice is up to you but follow through with it either way.
Your loved one may not always be willing to go into inpatient care. There are always options, however, and you should be aware of them. Inpatient treatment is available to them, and to support you while you go through this process. Talk with the rehab facility about what it takes to be admitted there and the ways they can help you through the process. Recovery is possible, the first step is asking for help.
Do not hesitate to contact us for any questions regarding helping a loved one getting into a treatment program. An addiction specialist is there to answer your questions.