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There is nothing more frustrating than knowing someone you love is battling an addiction and they refuse to get help. Everyone around them can tell how desperately they need help, but you don’t know what to do or what step to take next. 

When your loved one refuses to go to an addiction recovery center don’t lose hope. There are still ways you can convince them sobriety and a happier life can be found at addiction treatment centers. 

Get Professional Help for Yourself

If you’ve already approached your loved one about enrolling at an addiction treatment center and the conversation didn’t go well it may be time to get professional help. Some Dallas addiction centers offer intervention services. Getting everyone together for an intervention may be the wake-up call your loved one needs to enroll in a treatment program. 

Talking to a professional about your own struggles is good for your mental health as well. Family members, significant others and close friends are put through psychological, emotional, physical and financial stress. For your own well-being, it’s beneficial to seek therapy if you’re feeling overwhelmed. 

Consider Taking Legal Action

In some states under certain circumstances, a spouse or a parent can compel their loved one to get treatment. This is often the case if you can prove your loved one is a danger to themselves or others. If you’re the parent of a minor you can enroll a teenager in an addiction treatment program on your own regardless of whether they are considered at risk for self-harm or endangering others.  

Each state has different regulations and criteria, so you should speak with a knowledgeable attorney.

Stop Enabling

If you have been giving your loved one money, shelter, rides and any other assistance stop immediately. This includes making excuses for their alcohol or drug use, covering for them and helping when they suffer repercussions from their use. 

Your intentions may be good, but enabling an addict just allows them to keep going down the same path. When someone with an SUD loses the assistance it sometimes prompts them to get help at an addiction recovery center before things get worse.

Lay Out the Consequences

In addition to cutting off resources and enabling your loved one, it helps to lay down consequences. For example, if they show up at your home on drugs or under the influence of alcohol they won’t be allowed in. Or if they don’t go to an addiction treatment center you will no longer associate with them outside of group family functions. 

The combination of no longer enabling them and laying down consequences is a powerful incentive to seek treatment. 

Continue Offering Positive Encouragement

Even though you are no longer enabling, you can still be encouraging. It’s important for someone who is battling substance abuse to have a support system reminding them that recovery is possible. However, the encouragement needs to stay positive. 

Avoid using guilt or shame to motivate a loved one to enroll at an addiction treatment center. Empathy and caring are much more effective motivators when someone is addicted to drugs and alcohol. 

Accept You Can’t Make Them Want Treatment

Ultimately, your loved one has to be the one who wants to admit themselves into an addiction recovery center. And if they aren’t ready and motivated to seek treatment on their own it can hurt their chances of staying sober long-term. 

Our Dallas addiction center offers support for people who are battling a substance use disorder as well as their family members. Long-term recovery is easier to attain when the family unit is connected and works together. Contact our team to learn more about our addiction treatment services or to schedule a free assessment.

Learn more about our services or contact us below to discover how Lighthouse can help you on your road to recovery today. Thank you for your trust.