Watching a loved one struggle with addiction is a difficult experience for anyone. But having the conversation with them about exploring their options for drug and alcohol treatment centers can be just as difficult. No one wants to admit that they have a problem with drugs or alcohol, let alone that they need help; more than that, getting an addict to realize that they need to give up their substance can be nearly impossible. But there are some ways that you can talk to your loved ones about drug and alcohol treatment centers, and get them started on the road to recovery.
Making the Initial Approach
The initial approach can be one of the hardest steps that a person takes when getting help at drug and alcohol treatment centers. Starting the conversation with a loved one can feel just as hard. Make sure that you go in from a place of love and concern, and try not to appear that you are judging them for their addiction.
If you have a loved one that is in danger of losing their job, bring that up. If your loved one has a family or children that depend on them, mention how much it would affect everyone if they were gone. But no matter what, make sure that they know you are there for them throughout the entire process.
Do Your Research
A conversation about drug and alcohol treatment centers is not one that you want to go into without research. Consider talking to a few drug and alcohol treatment centers to get an idea of what your loved one can expect upon admission. You may also want to get an idea of how much treatment can cost, and what financial assistance may be available. Drug and alcohol treatment centers aren't cheap, and preparing for the financial burden before the conversation can give your loved one less to worry about.
So you've talked to your loved one and they blew you off. They've done the same to others that have tried to have a one on one conversation with them. It may be time to get everyone together for an intervention. Everyone should be allowed to speak during the intervention, and there should be a plan in place to get your loved one to a drug and alcohol treatment center as soon as they agree to treatment. If you are concerned about your intervention skills, consider talking to a counselor or professional interventionist.
It is important to remember that in order for treatment, like that available at Triumph Treatment Services, to be effective your loved one has to want the change. Also consider seeking support for yourself while your loved one is in treatment, as this can help ease the transition once they are released to come back home.