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How to Get your Son into Rehab When he Refuses to Go on His Own
Many times a parent has a dilemma when it comes to having a son who is an addict. They want to help their son but they realize they are in over their heads. Fortunately, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, an addict does not necessarily want to have treatment in order to benefit from it. You can do some things if your son refuses to go to treatment on his own.
Talk to Your Son
Talking to your son is extremely important. You should be open and honest about how the drug abuse is harming you and the rest of the family. Many people who use drugs do not realize that they need addiction help. This does not mean that the talk will suddenly convince your son he needs treatment but more to gain an understanding about why your son has a problem. Part of talking to him is listening to what he has to say.
Coercion works when you are paying for your son’s support. If you pay his rent or bills, tell him you are going to stop unless he seeks treatment. When the money runs out usually, they will at least give treatment a try. When they start treatment, make sure that they know that the money will stop if they leave treatment before they are recovered.
Use Forceful Tactics
Interventions and other gathering techniques are sometimes considered forceful tactics. This means you get a group of his friends and family together that do not use and talk to him about his drug use. Unlike the first method of talking to him, you have a group of people to back you up. There are people who can set up and guide interventions if you them.
Each person can use the intervention to tell your son why he or she wants him to get treatment. Once the intervention is done, you drive him to a treatment center if he agrees to go. This tactic sometimes does not work when your son’s addiction has gone too far. Many times, it does work but you have to have the alternatives and treatment center set up before the intervention.
Do Some Research
Before you do anything else you have to do is do some research. This research is invaluable to getting your son into rehab. You should know the laws in your state about involuntarily committing your son into a treatment center.
Some states have laws that allow a parent or spouse to force a close relative to get treatment when they desperately need it. If they are in danger of overdose, in danger of hurting themselves, or someone else, it is possible to have them brought to a treatment center against their will. This should only be used as a last resort.