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30 Sep

How to Deal with a Family Member Resisting Treatment

When you’re trying to help a family member who is battling addiction, it can take a toll on you. When your family member is resisting treatment, it can feel even worse. You know that treatment is the best way for them to combat their addiction but they don’t seem to see how positive rehab is. Helping a family member enter treatment isn’t easy, but in the end, you are doing them a great service.

It is not an easy task but there are ways to deal with loved ones who are hesitant to go to rehab.

  1. Show support:
    The more supportive you appear, the easier time your loved one will have with the idea that they need treatment. Instead of showing disappointment and judgment over their past behaviour, demonstrate compassion.
  2. Learn about treatment:
    Educate yourself on the rehab and detox process so you can be ready to present evidence of its success to your loved one. When you’re able to demonstrate through brochures, websites, and other materials that rehab really is effective, your family member will be more inclined to listen when you suggest that they go.
  3. Don’t let them off the hook:
    One of the worst things you can do to an addict is leave them alone. If you’re trying to get a family member to seek treatment for their drug, alcohol or gambling addiction, you need to be persistent. Don’t leave them alone thinking that they’ll come around. You need to be a strong advocate for treatment and insist that they go to rehab.
  4. Remind them that they’re important:
    Oftentimes, people who are struggling with addiction don’t realize that they are loved. Remind your family member that they play an important role in your life and you need them to go to detox because you want them to live.
  5. Don’t accept promises:
    If your loved one promises to go to rehab the chances of them actually going are slim to none. When someone is dealing with addiction, they’ll say whatever needs to be said to defuse the situation so that they can continue with their reckless lifestyle.

    Instead of accepting a promise, accept a sure thing. When your family member promises to go to rehab, counter with a response such as, “Great, let’s go now.”

  6. Use the help of a professional:
    Some facets of dependence are just too hard to handle on your own. Most addiction centres, like Addiction Canada, allow you to work with a counsellor or specialist to ensure your loved one gets the help they need. You can stage an intervention at their home or at the home of a relative or friend they trust to encourage your family member to go to rehab. Sometimes that extra push from an addiction professional is enough to convince your loved one that it’s time to seek treatment.
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