Helping someone else seek the treatment they need is not an easy task, but it is often extremely necessary to recovery. If your loved one has been abusing amphetamines and needs help, follow the steps below and find a rehab program that can help them by calling 800-768-8728(Who Answers?) now.
Step One: Seek Help and Find a Rehab Program
You may feel that there isn’t much you can do to help your loved one recover from addiction and make a change. However, this is simply untrue. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Family and friends can play critical roles in motivating individuals with drug problems to enter and stay in treatment.” One of the first things you should do is choose a rehab program that you believe will best fit your loved one’s needs.
This should often be done before you ever try to help your friend or family member realize they need treatment. The reason why is because your loved one may not respond well or they may say they want to seek help but not actually do it.
Already having a rehab program available for them can help immensely in circumventing these issues. Try talking to a doctor to find out about programs that could help your loved one or call 800-768-8728(Who Answers?) for help in matching them with the proper facility.
Step Two: Talk to Them/Have an Intervention
Some individuals can simply talk to their loved one one-on-one. In fact, this can be a better option for some situations, as you may feel that your spouse, parent, child, or friend will respond better to just talking to one person, you.
However, if you do not feel safe in this situation or if your have tried talking to your loved one before with little success, an intervention of about six of their closest friends and family members (including you) can also be a beneficial option.
An intervention isn’t always run by loved ones, and you may choose to find a professional interventionist who can help you make the meeting run smoother. Below are a few tips for staging and performing your intervention.
- Warn everyone ahead of time to try and use “I” statements (“I feel…,” “I’m worried…”). This can help keep the addicted individual from becoming hostile, which is common among substance abusers who are confronted with the consequences of their actions (National Library of Medicine).
- Make sure the people who come to the intervention can all stay calm and objective during the process. If someone cannot make it to the actual meeting or does not feel comfortable being there, they could always write a letter to be read at the meeting.
- Have everyone practice what they are going to say before the actual intervention takes place. That way, people are less likely to get upset and caught off guard.
Step Three: Form Boundaries and Stick to Them
There is a good possibility that your loved one, even after the intervention, will still refuse to seek help. At this point, it is important to lay down any boundaries you need to set for yourself and to stick by them.
For example, you may need to tell your loved one that you will no longer be able to give them money, as they were using it all to purchase amphetamines. You may also need to tell them that they can no longer stay with you, that you will not allow them to see your children, or anything else you believe is necessary at this time.
Not only are these boundaries a deterrent for the individual who is continuing to use, but they also ensure that you are not enabling your loved one’s abuse any longer (University of Pennsylvania Health System). This can help them come to terms with the consequences of their actions and, hopefully, admit that they need help.
Professional Treatment Is Key
Although there are certain steps you can take to place your loved one in treatment through the legal system, as “treatment does not need to be voluntary to be effective,” it is usually best to begin with methods that can help convince your loved one to seek the help they need (NIDA). To find a rehab center that will cater to your friend or family member’s needs, call 800-768-8728(Who Answers?) today, and begin helping them in their journey to recovery.