Seeing a loved one succumb to drug abuse can be one of the hardest things you ever go through. Naturally, your first concern should be finding a way to get them into a substance abuse treatment program so they can overcome their addiction. However, successfully getting them started on the path to recovery requires that you act carefully.
With this in mind, here are a few key do’s and don’ts when seeking help for your loved one:
Do: Start by learning as much as you can about addiction. Learn from others’ experiences and seek out the help of a support group so you can care for your own emotional needs. When the time comes to stage a drug intervention, consider getting professional help. A professional interventionist will help you plan appropriately for the meeting, but more importantly, he will help manage the situation and keep the conversation under control.
When your loved one enters a substance abuse treatment program, you should be completely supportive of their recovery journey. This includes following rules established by the recovery program, which sometimes include limited family contact. Sticking to these rules may be challenging, but they will be worth it.
Don’t: It can be easy to become judgmental of your loved one and their poor decisions. Don’t. It’s far more important to let them know that you are acting out of love when you try to get them into a treatment program. You also shouldn’t enable your loved one after an intervention. A list of consequences for choosing to not enter rehab won’t do you any good if you fail to follow through with them. You must stand firm—otherwise, you’ll only encourage more harmful behavior.