Across the United States, drug and alcohol addiction affects millions of individuals and their loved ones at any given time. Included in this number is a large number of Ohio residents.
Within Ohio, opioid abuse poses the biggest drug overdose threat in the state – with other substances, such as alcohol, cocaine, and other prescription drugs continuing to devastate the lives of fellow neighbors and loved ones as well.
If you are a family member, spouse, or other loved one watching someone you care about struggle with a drug or alcohol problem, you are not alone – and you have options.
Getting a loved one into drug and alcohol rehab is not always an easy process, but it is a worthwhile one with the potential to save and change their life for the better. Located in a peaceful area of Sherrodsville, Ohio, The Bluffs rehab facility offers people struggling with drug and alcohol abuse the opportunity to begin their recovery in a supportive environment.
Below is a guide offering suggestions on how to get your loved one into treatment, as well as information on rehab options for your loved one’s treatment.
Suggested First Step: Educate Yourself And Research Treatment Options
One of the most valuable tools a person can have in recovery from substance abuse is a supportive network of family, friends, or other loved ones.
When it comes to overcoming addiction, the most meaningful support comes from people who have taken extra steps to learn about and understand what their loved one is going through.
If you suspect someone you care about is abusing drugs or alcohol, the most helpful way you can start supporting your loved one is to learn more about drug and alcohol addiction. It may be most beneficial to start out with the basics, such as learning about signs and symptoms of addiction, and potential dangers such as overdose.
You may also consider looking to your local community to attend local support groups such as Al-Anon or Narcotics Anonymous for further insight into your loved one’s problem. You may find it helpful to consult with a doctor who knows your loved one’s medical and substance abuse history.
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Researching Your Options
Another important part of getting your loved one into treatment is researching different treatment programs. Treatment programs for drug and alcohol abuse can vastly differ in their approaches, their philosophies, accepted insurance plans, and the levels of care they offer (e.g. inpatient rehab, outpatient).
Although there are various addiction treatment centers located across the country, it is also common for people in Ohio to prefer finding a quality treatment program that is in-state.
While many people can and do travel for drug and alcohol rehab, for some loved ones, it can be comforting to know your loved one is nearby for visits. Finding a quality rehab program in Ohio through a treatment facility like The Bluffs may also reduce travel costs, lessening any financial burden.
How Can I Get My Loved One Into Treatment?
The ease and nature of getting a loved one into treatment can often depend on the specifics of your situation. Factors such as age of your loved one, how close you are, and how long they have been struggling with drug or alcohol abuse can often impact how your loved one will respond to efforts to get them into treatment.
Depending on these factors and other personal needs, you may have several options for getting a loved one into rehab. This process often begins with some expression of concern, which your loved one may or may not be responsive to.
What’s important to remember throughout this process is to:
- keep your loved one’s best interests in mind
- keep the conversation open and not closed off to them voicing their needs and concerns
- understand that the idea of becoming sober and pursuing recovery can be very scary for a person in the depths of addiction
- avoid language that could provoke blame, embarrassment, guilt, or be considered hostile
Below are a few approaches you make consider taking to help get your loved one get into rehab for their drug or alcohol abuse:
Talk To Them One-On-One
Talking to a loved one one-on-one is often the first step people take when they suspect or already are aware of a loved one’s drug or alcohol problem. If this is your first time you bringing up the issue, try to tread carefully, be compassionate, and allow your loved one to have a say in the conversation.
Although there’s no time or setting that is guaranteed to provide a successful outcome for this type of confrontation, if possible, it’s best to find a quiet, private setting without other distractions.
While talking to your loved one about their substance use, try to avoid becoming angry, hostile, or aggressive. Adopting a severe ‘tough love’ approach can put more distance between people and their loved ones, not close it.
Instead, focus on voicing your concerns, telling them how you have been affected by their problem, and voice that you’re willing to help them find professional treatment.
If you have already researched treatment options, consider presenting these options to your loved one. This may help lessen their own burden in considering the idea of treatment and seeking it out. It can also help you feel more confident in presenting them with a positive roadmap forward.
If your loved one does not appear responsive to one-on-one efforts, a group intervention may be a more effective option. A group intervention can also be preferable for people who are less confident about confronting their loved one on their own or have struggled to do so in the past.
Organizing a group of concerned loved ones for an intervention offers a structured, supportive avenue for convincing a loved one to begin treatment. This group may include anyone within the person’s close circle, such as close family members, friends, or partners/spouses. If you have the resources, it may also be helpful to enlist the aid of a professional interventionist to guide the intervention process.
A step-by-step example for conducting a group intervention:
- Gather everyone together at an agreed-upon time and place to confront your loved one
- Allow each person to voice their individual concerns about the person’s drug or alcohol abuse and explain how they have been affected it
- Emphasize that you are all coming from a place of love and support, but are unwilling to watch them continue to hurt themselves and further endanger their life
- Provide options for treatment, such as a short or long-term inpatient rehab program or counseling
- Let each member of the group share ways they are willing to support your loved one during this process. Examples might include calling or visiting them while they are in treatment, or driving them to counseling sessions
- Set boundaries and state consequences in the case that your loved one refuses to seek help. This may include cutting off financial support, or requiring that they find another place of residence (if you are a parent/roommate). They will need to understand that your relationship with them cannot include the continuation of codependent or enabling behaviors. Be compassionate, yet assertive.
After the group has spoken, you will need to allow time for your loved one to provide you with their decision. If they have agreed to seek treatment, ensure you have a plan in place to follow up with them and help them plan travel, intake assessments, and other pre-admission steps as needed.
If your loved one continues to refuse treatment or does not follow up on their commitment to begin treatment, further steps such as initiating a court-ordered rehab process may be necessary.
If your loved one is unwilling to enter an addiction rehab program but poses a danger to themselves or others, you may have the option of pursuing court-ordered treatment. This type of treatment is involuntary, meaning you are committing your loved one to a rehab program without their consent, but with the support of your local court.
Court-ordered rehab is one of the most difficult paths a person can choose to take to help their loved one get the treatment they need. First of all, it can be a lengthy process. It can also be emotionally difficult to face. Getting court-ordered rehab for a loved one is typically considered a last resort option, but in some cases can be necessary. To pursue a civil commitment option, you will need to be able to compile a significant enough amount of evidence to support that your loved one is a danger to their self or others.
What Treatment Options For Addiction Exist?
Many people struggling with drug and alcohol abuse will first need to undergo detox to remove the drugs or alcohol from their system. After this, it is highly-recommended that a person enter a formal treatment program to address all physical, mental, and psychological aspects of their substance abuse.
At The Bluffs treatment facility in Ohio, we offer several different levels of care, including: inpatient rehab programs, medically supervised detox services, long-term rehab and outpatient treatment services.
What our drug and alcohol rehab programs look like at The Bluffs:
Inpatient Rehab Programs: Inpatient rehab programs at The Bluffs are live-in programs where patients reside within our spacious, supervised lodgings for 24-hour care. Throughout the day, patients attend groups and counseling according to personalized treatment schedules developed to meet their personal needs. Treatment services offered within our inpatient programs include:
- individual behavioral therapy
- peer support groups
- coping skills and educational groups
- medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
- holistic therapies
- adventure and wilderness therapy
- treatment for other physical health conditions
Medically Supervised Detox: The most effective way to stop drinking or using an addictive substance is to detox under the supervision of medical professionals. Within our safe detox setting, vital signs and withdrawal symptoms experienced by patients are strictly monitored and medicinally-treated as needed.
Outpatient Treatment Programs: Outpatient treatment refers to a type of treatment that does not involve living onsite in a treatment facility. This is most common as a form of continuing care for patients following an inpatient rehab program. Outpatient treatment for drug and alcohol abuse typically involves weekly counseling sessions, attending support groups, and any other services deemed necessary for a successful recovery.
At The Bluffs, we also offer several opportunities within our programs for loved ones to actively participate in their loved one’s treatment process. This includes options for family and couples counseling, planning times for you to visit your loved one, and helping coordinate aftercare support.
For more information about our programs for drug and alcohol abuse, contact one of our dedicated treatment specialists at The Bluffs today.