Dealing with resistance to treatment

You often hear that the first step to recovery is recognizing that you have a problem, and need help. But what if your loved one is resistant to drug treatment? What should you do?

The answer, unfortunately, is complicated. Family and loved ones typically advocate seeking help faster than a drug or alcohol addict. While this situation is normal, it is no less frustrating. Professionals call this stage “resistance” and admit that it is one of the most difficult and complicated situations to treat.

If you find yourself dealing with a loved one who is resistant to getting treatment, all is not lost. Here are some things you can do to move toward getting your loved one the help he/she needs.

Educate yourself. Learn more about addiction and what the affect the disease has on your loved one. Educating yourself about addiction and treatment will help you understand why your loved one is resistant to seeking help, even if they know they have a problem. For the addict, drugs or alcohol are the easiest way to deal with their emotional issues, and the thought of giving up that security for the unknown of a recovery center can be frightening.

Intervene. A family intervention brings together family and friends to or share with the addict the negative effects their substance abuse has on them and others. When everyone comes together to tell personal stories of pain and to demand treatment, it is difficult for the addict to continue to deny the existence of the problem and the need for treatment. An intervention is a very serious step, and planning and preparation are important for a successful outcome. If you are considering an intervention, it is best to seek the advice of professional intervention specialists, like those at 12 Keys, who will help make sure your plan has the best chance for success.

Be realistic. It’s important to understand that an addicted family member might slip or relapse even if they do agree to seek treatment at a recovery center. Unfortunately, relapse is a part of the chronic disease of addiction, and often multiple treatments are required over a lifetime. Although relapse can be frustrating, it does not diminish the importance of treatment or the need to re-enter treatment if necessary.

Get support for yourself. Helping someone you love battle addiction is a long and difficult road, which sometimes spans a lifetime. It is important that you take care of your emotional well-being as well, so you are there for the long haul. Find a counselor or a support group in your area to get support from others who understand what you are feeling and dealing with.

If you have a loved one who needs treatment but is resistant to entering a recovery center, call a specialist at 12 Keys Rehab. The caring professionals at the Jensen Beach facility will discuss your options and help you reach the ultimate goal for your loved one: recovery.

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