How to Help an Addict Who Doesn’t Want Help

How to Help an Addict Who Doesn’t Want HelpIdeally, every addict would see the harm in their ways and willingly check themselves into a drug addiction treatment center for treatment. However, this is rarely the case, as most addicts are unwilling to seek treatment. They feel they are in control of their drug use, do not see how severe it has gotten, and believe they can handle their addiction on their own.

Some professionals also believe that only an addict who wants to be helped can achieve sobriety. However, even those who have not checked themselves into treatment voluntarily can achieve recovery, and live and addiction-free life without relapsing.

There are four stages of drug addiction, and depending on the stage your loved one is in, you can hope for more or less cooperation. In 2015 alone, a total of 21.7 million people aged 12 and older needed substance use treatment in the U.S. Only 11% of them received the help they needed.

How To Help A Drug Addict Who Doesn't Want Help

Do’s and Dont’s When Dealing with an Addict

Here are things you should never do if someone you care about is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction:

  • Do the work for them – Addicts have to go through all the stages of treatment on their own. Don’t try to make it easier on them or ease their burden. It may be difficult for them at various stages, but they are the ones who need to do the work.
  • Enable addiction – You need to avoid all kinds of behavior that will enable the addict to use. Do not make excuses for them. You need to set clear boundaries, and never give in – if you forego your word, you will only enable the addict to use again.

In order to avoid a future relapse and help an addict recover from their addiction, the best option is to check them into a treatment center. To achieve that end goal, there are several things you can do:

  • Educate yourself – The more you know about addiction, the more you will be equipped to help. Learn how to recognize the symptoms of addiction and relapse, read up on the latest treatments, and enable yourself to make educated decisions.
  • Take care of yourself – You should never let the battle against addiction take too much of a toll on your health. Remember that you need to focus on yourself, just as much as you focus on helping your loved one.
  • Stage an intervention – An intervention can be an effective way to get an addict’s attention, and get them to face reality. It can help them abandon denial and realize how significant the problem is.

There are drug addiction treatment programs that can help your loved one manage their addiction. They are a much better solution than trying to detox at home or kicking the habit without professional help. Even if you have asked someone to check themselves into a treatment center several times, you don’t have to give up just because it hasn’t worked. Addicts need support and encouragement, and you should not give up just because your first efforts have been unsuccessful.

At Get Treatment, we can help you find a certified rehab center that offers comprehensive treatment programs for drug and alcohol addiction. Contact us at 855-638-9268, and we can find a way to help your loved one receive quality care and support for their recovery.

Nelly Botezatu

Nelly Botezatu is a doctoral student in Economics. She enjoys learning new subjects, discovering trends, insights and data relationships. After studying the fundamentals of graphic design, she now presents her data analysis via infographics. She strives to add to the body of online knowledge for our clients.


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