Would it work? A friend who used to be a heroin addict told me that he never would have overcome his addiction had he not be forced to get treatment. His resistance towards treatment was broken and when he came out though he did relapse after a second attempt he managed to beat the addiction. The same thing could work for anyone I think. Even if someone isn't ready to get treatment, if you force them to get it [if you can that is] then there's a possibility that once the treatment is done they'll embrace change. So when a loved is unwilling to change don't give up on them. http://www.horizon-health.org/blog/2014/07/ask-horizon-can-i-force-someone-to-go-to-rehab/ In some states, family members can legally force addicts into rehab, and many more states are trying to enact such laws . . . Up to 38 states have some type of law that allows an addict to be committed to rehab, but the laws and what they allow vary tremendously. Can it work? http://www.horizon-health.org/blog/2014/07/ask-horizon-can-i-force-someone-to-go-to-rehab/ just receiving detox treatment and going through withdrawal might alert him/her to the reality of their problem. Also, consider the idea that some help, whether it is requested by the addict or not, is better than no help at all. Finally, studies have found that the difference in success rates between voluntary and involuntary treatment is negligible.