Entering treatment can sometimes be one of the scariest moments in someone struggling with addictions life. Often, the loved ones of these individuals play a crucial role in getting the patient help. The first step is to talk with the person struggling with addiction. If they are willing to go to treatment then find a treatment center immediately and have them admitted.
Many times loved ones are unwilling to attend treatment. The worst thing to do in this situation is give in to whatever compromises your loved one comes up with instead of going to treatment. There are many ways to get sober but attending day/night treatment is indisputably the most guaranteed way to achieve long-term sobriety.
The Intervention Process
If after offering the option of treatment and having your loved one still decline you, you can try an intervention. Interventions bring together the patients loved ones so they are able to express their feelings about the patients using.
Interventions are ran by interventionists, who guide the process along, and explain to the people involved how to go about expressing themselves.
Families and loved ones of addicts often feel that they need to walk on eggshells around the patients out of fear of threats, or extreme actions that the addict will carry out if confronted with any negative emotion. This phenomenon makes things worse in the end. The interventionist will try to handle this situation if it arises.
Communication is Key
If an intervention is unsuccessful, the only thing left to do is to cease communication with your loved one until they are willing to become sober. This can sometimes mean evicting your loved one, or not giving them any money. This method may sound harsh but the only way for an addict to achieve long-term sobriety is to want to get treatment. The desire to be clean has to be stronger then the desire to use.
The only way this is possible is for the person using to reach their bottom. The “bottom” is the lowest point of their addiction. For everyone its different, and sometimes nothing is never enough. Making sure your loved one knows you are there whenever they need help and keep offering the option of treatment when they come to you.
The Decision to Get Help for Addiction
Once your loved one has decided to get help, the only thing left to do is to support your loved one and hold them accountable. Loved ones of addicts need to understand that no one can make anyone else stay sober. Ultimately it is completely the recovering addicts responsibility to maintain a healthy sobriety. The best thing for a loved one of an addict is to assess yourself and determine if you should attend meetings for codependency.