Can You Force Someone into Addiction Treatment?

We Do Recover

Friday 6th September 2013

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that alcohol abuse is responsible for almost 2.5 million deaths all around the world each year & that at least 15 million people are suffering with a drug problem.

Despite this, only a small percentage of people addicted to alcohol and other drugs actually make the decision to get addiction treatment every year & the main reasons is the myth that you can’t force someone into rehab if they don’t want to go.

Addiction is a chronic, progressive, incurable brain disease and if you view the addicted persons perceptions in light of this it’s easy to see that they’re usually last to realize the true nature and extent of the addictive disorder.

Every day, we get calls from concerned family members and friends who explain their stories to us on why their loved one doesn’t want to get into addiction treatment. They feel that as their loved one has not hit ‘rock bottom’ and doesn’t want help that addiction treatment will be a waste of time & money.

The truth is that even if your loved one isn’t willing, pressuring them into rehab has no bearing on whether addiction treatment is successful or not. In fact, many addicts that have been forced into rehab have managed to live happily & successfully again and are eternally grateful to their family & friends for forcing them to get help.

You might think that it’s a waste of money sending them into rehab and that it’s better to wait until they’re willing to go, but you could wait days, months, even years before your loved one decides that they need addiction treatment & by then, it could even be too late!

If you suspect that your loved one may have a drug or alcohol problem, we urge you to seek addiction treatment immediately because it’s a disease that will continually get worse the longer it’s left untreated.

One of the best ways to persuade a drug addicted or alcoholic loved one to get into addiction treatment is to host an intervention, which is a gathering of all those who play an important role in the addict’s life, concerned about their alcohol or drug use.

The purpose of the intervention is to convince the addict or alcoholic that their problem has reached a point where the only way out is by getting admitted into a rehab centre. It should not be used as a way to vent any anger or frustration that you might have with them.

You have to clearly state to the addict what will happen if they want to continue having the support of their family members & friends.

It’s also important to be prepared to answer any questions that they addict might throw at you. In order to be best prepared, equip yourself with answers to the following questions:

  • What addiction treatment centres are available?  Make sure that you have chosen the centre and a bed is booked. It’s not enough to have a few options at hand.
  • How long it will take?  The minimum stay in a good quality rehab centre is 4 weeks but it could last much longer depending on the type and depth of the addiction.
  • What happens inside the addiction treatment centre? Addicts can expect to receive a detox, medical care & various forms of counselling, therapy & education.
  • What will happen if they continue to use drugs or drink alcohol? Over time & continued use, the body will need more & more of the substance (tolerance) and the consequences range from MVA’s (motor vehicle accidents) and other assorted problems, even death.

For more information to help you answer the questions above, read these articles:


Understanding Addiction:

Understanding Addiction Treatment:

What Happens Inside Addiction Treatment Centres:

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