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Getting your Daughter into Rehab Right Now
Many parents find themselves in the position of dealing with a daughter’s drug addiction. Thousands of people deal with this situation every year. It is a difficult situation for parents to face. Most of the time, your daughter will refuse rehab or refuse to stay off the drugs. It is not that she wants to disappoint you, it is that drug addiction is a disease, and she can’t just quit.
Sometimes it takes more than just asking to get your daughter into drug addiction treatment immediately. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, someone does not necessarily have to want treatment for treatment to be successful.
Listening to Her
One of the first things that you should do is listen to your daughter. Find out what drugs she is on and why she is taking them, if she knows. There could be a psychological or a physical cause for the drug use. Many people become addicted to drugs or alcohol because they are self medicating for another condition entirely. Knowing what is going on in her life will help you find the right help for her.
If there is an underlying problem, consider having it treated. Remember when you are listening you are not yelling or accusing. Drug addiction is a disease not a moral failing. It is important to be understanding at this stage but still insistent on treatment.
Researching your Options
It is important to know your options if she refuses to go into drug treatment. There are quite a few particularly if she is a minor. If not, you still have options for making her seek treatment. Many states have laws that allow you to put her into treatment regardless of her consent. These laws work in specific circumstances, so it is important understand the circumstances and who to contact about it.
Staging an Intervention
Staging an intervention is one way to make your daughter think about who her drug addiction is hurting. Many people use interventions to help their family members realize that they need help and treatment.
During an intervention, you gather your daughter’s family and friends together. Usually they each speak to your daughter about how the drug addiction is hurting them and why she needs to go to rehab. There are counselors to help you stage an intervention if you need one. The important thing is to make sure that your daughter agrees to go to rehab to get help.
If you are paying for your daughter’s bills, you might be able to use coercion in order to get her to go to rehab. Tell her you will stop paying her way if she does not enter a treatment program and then stick with it. You can even offer to pay for her treatment if it is possible. Again the important thing is getting her to get treatment.