How Do I Convince a Loved One to Begin Detox Treatment?

How Do I Convince A Loved One to Begin Detox Treatment?

If you have a loved one who struggles with substance addiction but still hesitates to begin detox treatment, it is natural to feel the urge to push them into rehab. Before you do that, there are things you should try to understand first about their hesitation. The more you understand their concerns and become informed about how to detox, the better you can support this loved one. Laguna Shores Recovery Center seeks to provide the best support for your entire family.

Does Your Loved One Live With Denialism?

Many people with addiction refuse to enter treatment because they live in denial about the harmful consequences of substance dependence. Denialism can exist in different forms. It is sometimes an unconscious self-protection or defense mechanism. Maybe they still savor the euphoric effects brought by alcohol or drug use. Some people rely on these substances as a way to self-medicate. 

When your loved one lives in a state of denial about substance addiction, the mention of rehab can be repulsive to them. They may say that you are being dramatic or things are not too bad. Since so many “recreational” substances are on the market, it is easy to subscribe to that narrative of legitimacy. 

Denialism also shows up in blaming others for substance use. For example, some working professionals may consider it necessary to use alcohol or drugs given how much work-related stress they deal with on a day-to-day basis. Or they may consider themselves exceptional in strong willpower so much so that they can quit using at any time if they choose to. 

False Narratives About Substance Addiction

Many common misconceptions about substance addiction are being circulated as powerful narratives that justify people’s addictive behaviors. For example, some people heard a popular saying that you can enjoy the use of alcohol and drugs, and even if you become addicted, there is a point when you hit “rock bottom” and that is a time you seek help. 

This false narrative is very dangerous because hitting “rock bottom” may look different for different people. If an addiction leads to an overdose or organ damage, it would be too late. People do not need to reach that point in order to get professional help. 

Another false narrative that is being circulated widely is about addiction to prescription drugs. People tend to consider them less harmful than illegal drugs. But in reality, taking a higher dosage or other people’s prescription medications can always be harmful. There are also counterfeit prescription drugs on the market, including Oxycontin, Xanax, and Vicodin. 

Misconceptions About Detox Treatment

Many people hesitate to begin rehab because they hold misinformation about detox and other treatment methods. For example, they may think doing non-detox programs can help them recover. These include just participating in the 12-Step group, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and mindfulness meditation. But in fact, detox is an essential step to get rid of the toxins in the body. 

Even supportive family members may hold misconceptions about medication-assisted treatment (MAT). They consider MAT as replacing one substance for another. But as an evidence-based approach, MAT is designed to be a gradualist approach to phase out the use of highly potent substances, such as opioid drugs. When combined with counseling and therapies, MAT will get people to a fully sober stage. 

Does Detox Treatment Work if Relapses Happen?

Maybe your loved one does not want to try detox because he or she has tried quitting substance use by themselves before. When relapses happen, they can cause a lot of doubt about whether detox is the right direction. People also consider relapses as a sign of failure and lose motivation to try again. 

Self-detox at home does not guarantee long-term sobriety because there is no support system by health professionals. It would be too challenging for one person to deal with all the withdrawal symptoms, anxiety, and cravings. Professional rehab centers, especially their residential treatment programs, make sure that sobriety can be sustained for a long period before an individual begins to function on their own again. 

How to Encourage Your Loved One to Begin Detox at a Rehab Center?

You first need to understand the reasons for their hesitation or resistance. If their minds are trapped in these above-mentioned misconceptions, it is important that you patiently talk with them to dispel the false narratives. Of course, this would require you to become informed first. Make sure you always come prepared for a conversation with facts when discussing with your loved one. 

You can also convince a few supportive family members to plan an intervention. Together, you can talk with your loved one directly but without judgment. Always begin the conversation about how much you love and care for them. Emphasize that it is out of love for their well-being that you want them to consider rehab. 

All in all, you need to learn how to avoid negative emotions and attitudes which can be counterproductive. Patience and compassion win the day. Most importantly, do not wait until your loved one’s health gets worse. If necessary, involve a professional interventionist. Or plan a visit to a good facility for your loved one to interact with health professionals there. Laguna Shores Recovery Center has helped many families support their loved ones to live a sober and fulfilled life.

It can be challenging to convince a loved one to begin detox treatment. Are you prepared to have these conversations? Do you need more support from recovery experts? Laguna Shores Recovery Center has helped many individuals achieve and maintain long-term recovery. Our residential rehab programs are a good option for those who need more monitoring and intensive care. People who suffer from severe withdrawal symptoms may also benefit from the 24/7 medically monitored inpatient program. Our facility offers a wide range of programs, including medical detox, individual therapy, medication management, family or couples counseling, addiction education, and life skill classes. Each of these components is critical to achieving sobriety and preventing relapses. Call us today at (866) 774-1532.