A substance use disorder can occur when taking almost any type of drug, which includes everything from prescription medications to heroin and cocaine. If someone close to you has started taking too many drugs, it’s important to understand that all of the signs that you have noticed that point to a substance use disorder may be entirely overlooked by this individual. When you have questions about substance use disorders or want to find out more about the treatment options available to you, contact The National Rehab Hotline at 866-210-1303 for free information at any time of the day. With this hotline, you or your loved one can gain support, advice, resources, and guidance pertaining to any kind of substance use disorder.
If you suspect that a relative has started regularly taking drugs, we can help you understand the signs and symptoms that typically accompany a substance use disorder. We can also detail the difference between outpatient treatment and inpatient rehab, which is essential to understand before helping your friend or family member seek further treatment. Call the hotline today to speak with one of our knowledgeable advisors.
When a person takes too much cocaine or heroin, changes will begin to take root in his or her brain, which makes his or her body more dependent on the drug to properly function. As dependency on a drug grows, the affected individual will become less likely to admit that he or she has a problem. Whether the individual doesn’t understand the severity of the disorder or doesn’t believe that it has negatively affected them, it’s important that your loved one seeks help as quickly as possible. Long-term drug use can lead to a wide range of serious side effects that include memory loss, mood swings, and hallucinations.
The health problems that are brought about by persistent drug use can also be accompanied by financial problems, relationship problems, and being unable to complete everyday responsibilities. An effective way to mitigate the side effects and the symptoms of a substance use disorder is to obtain treatment via a rehab program. Despite the necessity of treatment, many people who are suffering from a substance use disorder refuse to enter rehab. While it can be difficult to help a loved one enter a rehab program, there are numerous steps that you can take to simplify this process and to increase the likelihood that your loved one responds positively to the idea of treatment.
What to Do When Someone Refuses to Enter Rehab
The best option when you’re trying to get your loved one to enter rehab is for him or her to do so voluntarily, which should make it easier for that individual to acclimate to the new setting. However, there’s always a chance that your loved one won’t agree to enter rehab even when his or her substance use disorder is worsening. It’s very difficult for anyone who is going through a substance use disorder to admit that there is a problem. In some situations, an involuntary commitment may be necessary.
While involuntary commitment can have some adverse effects on the individual who enters rehab, the risk can be reduced substantially by admitting the individual to a reputable facility that has delivered consistent results. It’s often better to consider involuntary commitment if the affected individual would continue to hurt himself or herself without treatment. Make sure that you look into every option before deciding on a course of action.
Host an Intervention
If you want to avoid seeking an involuntary commitment for your loved one, it’s highly recommended that you look into hosting an intervention. The purpose of an intervention is to help the affected individual admit that he or she is suffering from a substance use disorder and that treatment is necessary. If you attempt to have an informal chat with your loved one about the importance of rehab, it may be easy for him or her to brush off the conversation without taking a hard look at the situation. Interventions are more focused and structured, which increases the possibility that your loved one will finally seek help.
An intervention is a planned meeting that can involve several friends and family members. Consider seeking the assistance of an intervention professional if you want to avoid making a critical mistake while the intervention is occurring. During the intervention, everyone in attendance should confront the affected individual. This confrontation is designed to make sure that your loved one understands the consequences of continuing to take drugs without seeking treatment.
Your focus during an intervention should be to:
• Provide the individual with a structured treatment plan that includes clear goals, guidelines, and steps to following during the recovery process
• Provide precise examples of damaging behaviors by the individual and how these behaviors have impacted you and anyone else at the intervention
• Make sure that the individual understands what will happen to him or her if he or she continues taking drugs, which could involve anything from worsening health issues to severe financial problems
• Every person at the intervention should tell your loved one what he or she will do if treatment is refused
Even though you’re confronting your loved one, it’s important that you speak to the individual in a kind and loving manner. Try to avoid raising your voice or becoming too angry. However, you must still be direct about the consequences that will occur if your loved one doesn’t obtain treatment following the intervention. Once your loved one understands all of the options, he or she may be more receptive to treatment. However, interventions don’t always produce results. Even if a professional hosts the intervention for you, your loved one could still refuse help.
In this situation, it’s important that you follow through with the consequences that you spoke about during the intervention. If you told the individual that he or she would need to find another place to live if he or she didn’t attend treatment, you’ll need to follow through. If your loved one believes that he or she can continue taking drugs without any tangible consequences, he or she will almost certainly continue to avoid treatment.
Consider Involuntary Commitment
In the event that the intervention you held wasn’t successful, one option you could consider is an involuntary commitment. This option is best used if you’re confident that your loved one is a danger to others or to himself or herself as a result of the substance use disorder. At the moment, involuntary commitment is legal in 37 states.
Of these states, Montana and Rhode Island only allow involuntary commitment for alcohol use disorders. On the other hand, Vermont only allows involuntary commitment for substance use disorders. The other 34 states allow involuntary commitment for both alcohol use disorders and substance use disorders. Before you work on getting your loved one into rehab via involuntary commitment, it’s important to understand that the process for doing so differs from state to state.
In Florida, involuntary commitment is possible through the Marchman Act. In most cases, the process for having someone committed to rehab involuntarily is a lengthy one that requires you to provide ample evidence that proves that the affected individual could potentially harm himself or herself or others if treatment does not begin.
Step-By-Step Process for Getting a Loved One Into a Rehab Program
If you’d like a step-by-step approach for getting your loved one into a rehab program, the following guidelines should make it easier for you to start the process.
Step 1: Understand the Warning Signs of a Substance Use Disorder
The only way for you to help your loved one enter rehab is by first noticing that he or she is suffering from a substance use disorder. Over time, the signs and symptoms will likely become more apparent. However, identifying these symptoms early on may allow your loved one to obtain treatment before he or she experiences severe side effects from taking too many drugs. While the adverse health effects of regular drug use can differ depending on the drug, the main symptoms of a substance use disorder include:
• Increased energy and alertness
• Rambling speech
• Changes in blood pressure and heart rate
• Nausea and vomiting
• Nasal congestion
• Unexplained mood swings
• Dilated pupils
The health effects of consistent drug use aren’t always easy to notice. If your loved one is attempting to conceal a substance use disorder, there are some other behaviors that you should be on the lookout for, which include:
• Taking a higher dosage of a prescription drug
• Maintaining a drug supply
• Failing when attempting to stop taking the drug
• Being affected by adverse withdrawal symptoms after stopping use of the drug
• Spending too much money on obtaining drugs, which could result in a failure to meet financial obligations
• Failing to meet work and school responsibilities
• Becoming withdrawn and less sociable
• Hanging out with a different group of friends
• Stealing or committing similar crimes
If you happen to notice any of these behaviors or symptoms, it’s important that you speak with your loved one about entering rehab.
Step 2: Talk With Your Loved One About Rehab
When you notice some of the main signs and symptoms of a substance use disorder, it’s time to speak with your loved one about the possibility of entering rehab. If they agree to enter rehab, your next step would be to research all of the treatment options at your disposal. In the event that they say no to the idea of rehab, you may want to host an intervention.
Step 3: Consider Every Potential Treatment Option
When you’re researching different treatment options, some of the questions that you should ask yourself include:
• Is medical detoxification necessary? Will inpatient or outpatient rehab be a better solution?
• What is the length of the program?
• Where is the treatment center located?
• What kind of treatment methodology would your loved one prefer?
• Do you need to consider financing options?
For the different treatment methodologies, keep in mind that each facility or program differs in its approach. While some treatment centers take a faith-based approach to treatment, other facilities focus on providing patients with treatment for co-occurring disorders that involve mental health issues. The treatment center you choose depends on the approach that works best for your loved one.
Step 4: Speak With an Experienced Counselor or Therapist
If you’re trying to get your loved one into rehab, make sure that you have all of the details beforehand. You’ll want to work out all of the logistics for treatment financing, travel, and any other treatment details before approaching your loved one about rehab. Speak with an experienced counselor or therapist to learn more about these details and how to arrange them.
Step 5: Consider Holding an Intervention
As mentioned previously, your loved one may require an intervention to finally admit that they’re suffering from a substance use disorder. When planning an intervention, your main concern should be about how to confront your loved one without judging him or her or and without being too angry. If you decide to host an intervention, this process can go smoother if you hire an intervention professional and if you already know which rehab program your loved one will enter.
Step 6: Provide Your Loved One With Understanding and Support
In order for your loved one to enter rehab without being committed involuntarily, it’s important that you show this individual that you love him or her, support him or her, and understand what he or she is going through. You should take the same approach when your loved one starts treatment. Whenever you have the opportunity to speak with the individual, positive reinforcement can go a long way toward keeping your loved one focused on the benefits of recovery.
Step 7: Look Into Aftercare Options
The recovery process doesn’t end once your loved one completes a rehab program. In the immediate days and weeks following treatment, your loved one will be tasked with re-entering the real world and dealing with many of the responsibilities that may have caused him or her to take drugs in the first place. Along with the support that you and other family members provide to this individual, you might also want to look into an aftercare program, which could involve anything from individual counseling to group therapy.
Call The National Rehab Hotline today at 866-210-1303 if you have any questions about substance use disorders or the resources that will help you get sober.