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3 Steps to Encourage Your Loved One to Go to Rehab

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD By January 17, 2019
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Somehow you just don’t recognize them anymore. Maybe they are a spouse, a child, a friend, or even a parent. It does not matter–you know that when your loved one is struggling with an addiction, the best thing for them to do is to seek Monmouth County Drug Rehab.

Some signs the person you care for is struggling with an addiction are the following:

  • Sudden change in behavior
  • Mood swings
  • Asking for money or lack of money
  • Paranoia
  • Withdrawal symptoms

If your loved one is experiencing any of the above, it may be time to seek Monmouth County drug rehab. However, it can be very difficult to know how to encourage them to seek rehab.

Below are 3 helpful steps you should take to encourage a loved one to seek drug rehab. It is extremely important to know how to tackle this vital task, since addiction is a very complex issue. Without proper education there can be bad consequences that you did not intend. We at Discovery New Jersey are here for you and your loved ones.

Get Educated

Educating yourself on the dangers of drug addiction, rehabilitation statistics, and so on is extremely important. The fact that you are even on this page is a huge step in the right direction.

You might be thinking, “Why do I need to educate myself about addiction? Isn’t it a straightforward issue?”

The answer is that addiction is a multifaceted disease. The fact that there is still debate surrounding whether addiction is a moral failure or a disease proves a lack of understanding by the general public. Furthermore, without understanding how addiction works, what triggers addicts, and so on, you could actually make the problem worse than when you started.

Here is what we recommend that you do if you find yourself facing an addiction for either yourself or a loved one. First, contact us about Monmouth County drug rehab. We are here for you to answer any questions you might have and will be able to point you in the right direction when it comes to finding the treatment program that is right for you.

Next, seek out as much information as you can on the topic of addiction and recovery. Do not just read about how bad addiction is, but seek to really understand it. Understand how the substances change the brain, what possible triggers are, and what a co-occuring disorder is.

Once you have done this, research ways to set healthy boundaries, or approach a loved one about possibly seeking rehab. Now that we have discussed becoming educated on the topic, we are going to keep moving forward.

Break the Silence

Breaking the silence around addiction, or the stigma, is extremely important. In our culture today, addiction is so stigmatized that  it is almost taboo. Speaking about addiction typically leads to a difficult conversation since there is so much debate, outrage, and hurt over the topic.

However, you need to be a voice that is speaking out on in the community. Your loved one is a single member of an extremely large group of people who need Monmouth county drug rehab. Speaking out for one person has the ability to affect many more people. Who knows? You just might know several other addicts too.

The fact is, since addiction is so stigmatized, nobody really talks about it, including addicts. This means they never open up until it is too late. However, breaking the silence does not just mean doing so for the wider public. It includes the person you are caring for as well. You need to let them know that you know about their addiction, and that you understand the issue deeply.

Or if there is a mutual understanding, you need to tell them what you want, that you’d like them to get help, and set healthy boundaries. Inform the loved one that they need to get help, that they owe it to themselves to get the help that they need.

Rehab through a professional treatment center is the only way to truly get clean after struggling with a substance abuse disorder. You cannot do it on your own; it’s just not safe. Luckily, you have been educated, and know that the best way to communicate this is with openness and empathy, not accusation and anger. Let them know you are with them every step of the way, just like we are at Discovery New Jersey.

Stage an Intervention

Staging an intervention is one of the most powerful tools in your toolbox. You need to remember that the goal of the intervention is not to attack the loved one, to accuse them, or even to air your frustrations. The purpose of the intervention should always be to get the addicted person into treatment.

Monmouth County Drug Rehab is the goal of an intervention, so everything should be pointed toward that goal. Now, there are several ways to stage a productive and effective intervention. First, you need to build your team.

Before staging an intervention, you need to build a team of people who are in good standing with the person. Include people you know will make an impact. This should be people who care about him/her, and will not accuse them, but show honesty and empathy. These people should be other loved ones, friends and family.

Practice makes perfect. Practice what you are going to say so that you are not stumbling over your words or unable to respond well to potential arguments against getting help from the addict. This involves prior meetings. It also involves having someone who is a professional who can lead you in the discussion and is able to provide professional support.

Finally, it is extremely important that you determine the order in which those involved in the intervention will speak. You want to order the people with the most impact either at the beginning or at the end for greater emphasis. Do not think of it like a show, but rather, think of it like a presentation.

This presentation could potentially save a life. It may sound silly, but ordering your intervention will be extremely important in determining its effectiveness in getting your loved one to accept help for their addiction.

Contact Us

Do you have more questions regarding rehab, or how to stage an intervention? We at Discovery New Jersey are always ready and available to talk 24/7. We want you or your loved one to reach out and get the help you deserve.

Our compassionate team of treatment professionals specialize in a number of different treatment programs and therapies. Whether you are looking for an inpatient program, outpatient program, or something in between, we have what you need to achieve a lifetime of sobriety.

The bottom line is that we are here for you. If you are struggling with an addiction, or someone you know is, please do not hesitate to reach out today. This is the best way to get help. Reach out today by contacting us at (844) 478 6563.

Article Reviewed by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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