1: Find out why your loved one is adamantly refusing treatment – Is it denial, or is it something else? Maybe your loved one is afraid of being judged by peers or coworkers, or maybe they believe that seeking treatment is indicative or failure. Sit down with your loved one while they are sober and have a conversation. Do your best to come from a place of compassion and understanding; avoid blaming, raising your voice or threatening. Remember that having a heart-to-heart is rarely enough to prompt a person to seek treatment. However, gaining information on their motives for avoid treatment is an important piece of the puzzle.
2: Educate yourself on the disease model of addiction – Learning more about how addiction develops and how it is effectively treated will help you move from a place of frustration to a place of compassion. The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines addiction as, “A treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences.” People who develop a physical and psychological dependence on a certain substance eventually transition from making the conscious decision to use a substance to using compulsively and uncontrollably.
3: Acknowledge when outside help is necessary – If you have been trying to encourage your loved one to seek treatment for weeks, months or years, it’s clear that what you’re doing isn’t working. Asking a professional for assistance is always a good idea if you have run out of other options. This could mean contacting a treatment center like Guardian IOP and asking our Treatment Advisors for advice, seeking the help of a licensed therapist with a personal background in addiction or getting in touch with an experienced interventionist.