It can be frustrating, angering, and heartbreaking when someone you love is struggling with addiction and you can see that they would benefit from treatment, but they refuse help. They may be in denial that they have a problem, unwilling to admit that they need help, or scared of the unknown. Whatever their reason, they don’t want to go, and you can’t force them to change.
But that doesn’t mean that you should give up. There is always the chance that they will change their mind, and you want to be ready when they do. Continue talking to them about your concerns regarding their substance use, and how you want to see them get better. Let them know that you will stand beside them through their journey and support their recovery. It is important to let them know that you genuinely care about their well-being.
Some steps to encourage treatment may be more difficult.
If you’re serious about your loved one seeking treatment, then you need to stop enabling behaviors that support their addiction. This can be a challenging but necessary step. While you don’t want to see them struggle, you know that they can’t keep going down the path they’re on. Stopping enabling means not giving them money or paying their bills for them, not making excuses for their behavior or whereabouts, and not cleaning up their messes. It means letting them experience natural consequences of their actions.
This can be an eye-opening experience that helps them to see how serious the problem has become. Once they realize that you won’t back down and are following through with what you say, it can encourage change. They begin to see the impact and effects that their substance use has on their life and others’.
Seek Help for Yourself
Just because your loved one won’t seek treatment doesn’t mean that you can’t get help. Consider seeing a counselor or therapist or attending a support group for family members of people struggling with addiction. Here you can connect with others who are going through similar challenges and hear their stories while getting support. You can also work through your own struggles regarding their addiction and its impact on your life. It is important to take care of yourself.
Hold an Intervention
If your own attempts to convince them to seek treatment are not working, it may be time to involve the professionals. Seacliff Recovery Center can help you to coordinate an intervention with the help of a certified intervention specialist. The specialist will work with you and few close family members or friends to organize a structured intervention. You’ll be asked to write a letter to your loved one, think about the impact their addiction has had, and openly discuss the situation. At the end, they will be asked to accept help and enter a rehab program. Each step is carefully scripted and planned to guide them toward recognizing they have a problem and agreeing to help.
Seacliff offers comprehensive care for your loved one ranging from the initial intervention to residential and outpatient treatment to connecting them with a sober living home. Recovery is a process and takes time, but it is worth it. Show your loved one how much you care and want to see them make the most of their future by seeking treatment at Seacliff Recovery Center.