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Sending Someone Who Isn't Ready To Fight Their Addiction To Rehab?

Discussion in 'Helping an Addicted Loved One' started by Rainman, Dec 3, 2015.

  1. Rainman

    Rainman Community Champion

    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.

    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?
    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.
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  2. 111kg

    111kg Community Champion

    I don't think so. It would just treat the symptoms, but not the problem. Put it this way: if you have renal failure, then a single hemodialysis session will only help you for a short period of time, but the problem will persist. People have to want to fight their addiction and they really want it hard. Otherwise, when the withdrawal symptoms kick in, they'll want to quit or will finish the rehab and then start using it the minute they get out.
  3. lexinonomous

    lexinonomous Community Champion

    I don't know if this can work. I think a person needs to be ready to go to rehab in order for it to work. It might be able to work if someone is sober enough to think with a clear mind and realizes they made the right decision, but I don't think that would be very common.
  4. L_B

    L_B Community Champion

    I really don't think so but I guess it depends on the person. They have to want it. If they feel they are being forced they will just go through the process and as soon as they are out of there they will be back at it again. It won't change them until they want the change. It may work for some but I don't think it would work for most. They will just hide it better the next time so that they won't be forced to go back.
  5. dream01maker

    dream01maker Member

    I Do believe you shouldn't force someone to go. Of coarse its natural instinct to try and encourage them to go and try to talk them into it. But if they are not ready, and they go just to satisfy you, it really has no effect to them. I know this from experience with a family member. My Nana staid on his butt about going, we kind of all did to a certain extint., no one wants to see their family suffer. But he wasn't ready mentally yet, when hr got out, it had no outcome for him. He went back to the same environment and relapsed. Plus, they don't know they have a "problem" until they admit it. And they won't go to rehab until they are ready. Sadly, some people whobare ready still relapse. We just have to let them know we care and do the best we can. Its a hard battle to fight
  6. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    Maybe it will work for some as your example but not for everyone. Even all those who have been in the rehab willingly, not all have been recovered. So I think various approaches could also have various results or outcome.
  7. dyanmarie25

    dyanmarie25 Community Champion

    Well, it really depends on the person. This might work for some people, but might not be effective for others. If the addict isn't ready for rehab yet, they might feel a little pressured, and overwhelmed, and that's not a good thing. In my opinion, in order for them to be successful in recovery, they have got to be really willing, and determined to change themselves for the better.
  8. Jasmine2015

    Jasmine2015 Community Champion

    This might not work for every person out there. Besides, what is to stop a person from signing themselves out? What would the law do about it then? Waste time trying to round up the person and try again? A person has to be ready. They have to admit and realize they have a problem and want to own it.
  9. Makana

    Makana Member

    Coercion in itself is an indication of failure to convince a person, usually due to tense relationships. Unlike malaria, drug addiction is both a mental and physical phenomenon. To be succesful in rehabilitating an addict, the most important step is to inflence their thinking towards change. Only then can detoxification make sense.
  10. 6up

    6up Community Champion

    You cannot force somebody to join a rehab centre. How can you do it, tie him up with ropes and drag him to the centre? To join a rehab centre one must first be willing to do so. You can talk to them and outline the benefits of joining a rehab centre to an addict. You can also offer to provide financial assistance if they are willing to join.
  11. kgord

    kgord Community Champion

    Well, I think in order for it to be successful the addict needs to eventually" buy in" to the treatment. That may or may not happen. I think addicts that can be persuaded to attend a rehab voluntarily probably have the best chance of success. People do get dragged to rehab centers all the time 6up if they are under age, or are threatened with jail or no place to live. It is sometimes successful and sometimes not. I think gentle intervention, rather than blindsiding the addict is probably the way to go though.
  12. explorerx7

    explorerx7 Senior Contributor

    Yes, for some addicts, forcing them into rehab is the most viable option. Many of them will be in denial, so they will not believe it's necessary for them to get professional help, therefore, this form of intervention, although it may seem a bit harsh, in some instances will have to be instituted to try to improve their well-being.