When your loved one agrees to get treatment, you can help them get checked in.
It’s a day to celebrate, that day when your loved one declares they are ready to get some help. Anyone who’s watched a loved one struggle with a drug or alcohol problem knows how great a day this is. Many friends and family members have been hoping and praying for this day to come.
When this momentous day arrives, the next question might be, “now what?” Trying to bob and weave through the huge number of rehabs out there is no easy feat. How do you know which rehabs are high quality? Once you find one, how do you check someone into rehab? What is the procedure?
To learn all this and more about getting treatment for a substance use disorder (SUD), keep reading!
The Long Road to Accepting Help
Getting to this juncture didn’t just happen by chance. Most people who have a loved one battling a SUD have prodded and pleaded with them for years to get help. Many have witnessed one “bottom” after another, praying that their loved one will survive long enough to get that treatment.
There are many roadblocks to someone getting the treatment they need. Many of these are self-imposed, while others are societal. Some of these barriers to treatment include:
- Your loved one is in denial. No one wants to admit they have a substance problem. There is a lot of pride wrapped up in this tendency. People do not wish to appear weak or out of control, so they flatly deny that they need rehab.
- They worry about stigma. Stigma still exists around substance use issues, and people worry about their reputation. They may worry about people at work finding out about rehab, or that their job could be at risk.
- The cost of rehab. It is no secret that treatment is pricey. Most insurance plans, though, do cover a portion of the expense. Each plan is unique, so you need to call and ask the rep for details.
- They don’t have time for rehab. While it’s true that inpatient treatment requires a time commitment, it is best to see this within the bigger picture. In the scope of life and health and survival, finding a way to take a leave just makes sense.
- They just are not ready. To make a commitment to sobriety is a lot harder than people know. It means a complete change of friends and lifestyle. It also means dealing with stress and life without the agent that numbs the pain.
Do Interventions Work?
When your loved one still resists getting treatment you might want to think about holding an intervention. These events can be very effective in helping the person see why they need to get help.
An intervention is a meeting that is set up by an addiction expert who helps plan and execute the event. These experts are well trained to address the loved one’s objections, fears, questions, and concerns.
During the meeting, family members take turns reading their own thoughts and feelings aloud to their addicted loved one. The idea is to inform the loved one how their disease is causing strife in the whole family. This can help persuade the person to accept treatment.
How to Help Your Loved One Prepare for Rehab
Once a loved one has agreed to go to rehab there are some things the family can do to assist the process. These actions also send a strong message to the loved one, that you are there for them. When they see your support and love they will be even more convinced they are doing the right thing.
Here are some things you can do to help your loved one prior to going into treatment:
- Learn about the disease. The more that you know about what they are battling, the more you will be of help to a loved one. Do some research prior to them going into rehab so you will know what to expect and be better equipped to support them.
- Keep lines of communication open. Be sure to provide open communication with the loved one. Let them know you are there for them if they want to talk about any feelings they may have about sobriety and recovery.
- Help them plan logistics. When the loved one goes into treatment they may need help with childcare or getting kids to school and back. Help them work out a plan for childcare and for making sure bills are paid in their absence.
- Agree to be a support source. Someone going into rehab needs to know that their family is behind them and will be there for them. Rehabs have family sessions, so ensure the loved one that you will be there to participate.
How to Check into a Rehab
Just finding a bed in a quality rehab can be a challenge. Many, many people are seeking help for SUD, which means making lots of phone calls. There are details to work out about insurance coverage and out of pocket expense. It is always best when you can meet with the rehab for a tour of the treatment center prior to intake.
Once your loved one has found a bed in a rehab of his or her choice, the day has arrived to check in. The rehab will give you a list of items you can pack for your stay, and which items to leave at home.
Your loved one has likely abstained from the substance on the day they enter treatment. This means they will not be feeling well, and may be quite anxious. Maintain a calm, measured presence while with them on this day. Avoid any stressful situations.
When you arrive at the treatment center your loved one will be processed through the intake and admissions department. They will meet with a clinician to help assess the exact nature of their SUD. The interview will also explore whether there is a co-occurring mental health issue. Once the data is collected, a diagnosis is made and a tailored treatment plan is devised. From that point, your loved one is in the hands of the experts.
Journey Hillside Offers Comprehensive SUD Treatment
Journey Hillside is a premier rehab that provides the most effective treatment measures available. Journey Hillside offers on-site detox and a full spectrum of evidence-based treatments. Call us with any questions about our program at (877) 414-1024.