If your loved one is struggling with a substance use disorder, a rehab is a logical step. Addiction treatment programs offer a range of mental health services including cognitive behavioral therapy, individual counseling, and group therapy. Many offer detox and withdrawal support to help patients ease into recovery. And, modern drug rehab programs like TruVida offer comprehensive clinical support, aimed at helping individuals tackle the root causes of their addiction. Contemporary addiction treatment is about finding and resolving problems, not covering up symptoms. Rehab will help your loved one to work through their problems from the ground up, to learn life skills, to learn coping mechanisms, and to discover how to be happy without substance use.
Unfortunately, many people aren’t ready or willing to go to rehab. Some 20.4 million U.S. adults are addicted to drugs or alcohol. Yet, only 10% of us ever seek out treatment. Getting your loved one into a rehab clinic may require taking extra steps to ensure they get the help they deserve.
1. Talk to Rehab Advisors
Most rehab centers will offer a free consultation as part of the process. This allows you to discuss your and your loved one’s needs as part of the process of seeking out treatment. Here, you should consider what you want to know, what to ask, and what’s important for you before going into the consultation.
- What insurance do you have? What types of treatment does it cover? Is budget a consideration?
- Does the rehab facility offer evidence-based treatment? Do they offer Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)? What do you want and why? Do you know?
- What options are available for your loved one, which should you choose? Why?
- Does your loved one have a co-occurring mental health disorder or dual diagnosis? Does the treatment center support this?
- What types of care does the center offer? Inpatient? Outpatient? Which is best for your loved one’s needs now?
- Does the treatment center offer aftercare? What aftercare?
A rehab advisor can help you by walking you through available options, helping you decide which is best for your situation, and ensuring the treatment is a good fit for the patient. Many treatment centers also offer customized or personalized care, which is updated for the patient on an ongoing basis, throughout their stay. The initial consultation is there to help you answer questions, so you understand what you are getting and why.
2. Check Insurance
Budget is almost always important to some degree. Under the Affordable Care Act, addiction and substance use disorder is treated as a mental health disorder. Your insurance provider is required to cover at least part of your treatment. However, coverage, and coverage for different types of treatment, vary considerably. Some plans will only offer a small percentage of outpatient treatment. Others will offer a large portion of even luxury rehab. It’s important to understand the insurance plan, the premium, and the rehab center.
If your insurance provider doesn’t cover your treatment at TruVida, or it doesn’t cover enough of it, we also offer a financing program through our financial partners. You can visit our insurance and financing page here or call us at 949-388-3866 to learn more.
3. Contact the Rehab Facility
It’s important to work with your rehab facility as part of the process. When you first contact them, they should know that you are in the process of getting your loved one to come in. If you’re staging an intervention, they should either help you plan it or be involved. Then, if they do agree, you can immediately move forwards with the process. Depending on the facility, this will be complex or relatively simple. For example, if 24/7 admissions and next-day admissions are possible, this is a relatively simple process. You simply pack your loved one up and move them to rehab as soon as they agree.
Even if you aren’t planning an addiction intervention, it’s important to talk to the rehab facility upfront to discuss when and how your loved one could go. If the rehab facility is aware that you’re working to get your loved one into treatment, they can give you a good idea of when it’s possible. So, when your loved one does suddenly agree to go, you know exactly when to call and schedule an admissions date.
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4. Consider an Intervention
If your loved one isn’t willing to go into rehab, an intervention may help. Interventions are staged instances of confrontation, designed to help someone admit that they have a substance use disorder and that they need help. In most cases, an intervention should be carefully aligned with a rehab center, so that someone can immediately go into treatment if they agree. An intervention is considered a last-ditch option, when you don’t have any other options.
Here, you should bring on an intervention specialist. You can discuss intervention with your consultant as well. It’s also important to make sure that important people your loved one care about and respects are there. While the intervention specialist will help you to take the right tone and to leverage your emotions in the right way it is important to:
- Approach with care and love, not blame
- Share how you’re worried about your loved one and you miss them
- Avoid subjects of stigma such as how other people think or how you feel about them being an addict
- Focus on recovery, building a better life, and what’s best for them
A good intervention is a message of hope. Its aim is to shock the individual into the realization that everyone knows they have a problem, and then to offer hope, support, and love. And, a good intervention will hopefully get your loved one to agree to go into rehab, hopefully the same or the next day. Professional interventions have a 90% success rate.
5. Travel to Treatment
Getting your loved one to treatment normally requires planning. In some cases, you might choose a local rehab facility. More often than not, you’ll choose one in another state, where your loved one can seek treatment in anonymity. If so, you’ll have to make sure they get there without slipping up and potentially overdosing on the way. For many people, that means planning to accompany your loved one to treatment, checking them in, and then leaving. In other cases, it may mean hiring a sober companion who can ensure your loved one makes it there without using.
Sober companions are also increasingly popular for individuals seeking out outpatient care. For example, if your loved one won’t go to rehab if they have to stop going to work, you could compromise with an outpatient program and a sober companion. Here, your loved one attends morning, night, or weekend therapy and has a companion with them to ensure they don’t drink or use in the meantime. This can be a powerful way to give your loved one accountability, even when they aren’t fully in control of themselves.
6. Participate with Your Loved One
You are probably one of the main reasons your loved one is going into therapy. Family and friends are the primary motivators for recovery. It’s important for you to be an active part in that recovery, both so you can engage with them and maintain that motivation and so you can work on yourself and your relationship with them. How? Following the initial period where your loved one isn’t allowed visitors, you can visit them. It may also be important to seek out family therapy with them, to work on your relationship together, and to untangle some of the harm caused by substance abuse. These programs can be undertaken during later-stage addiction treatment or following rehab, during “alumni” programs. You can also seek out treatment with them independently.
Your support is likely one of the most important factors in your loved one’s recovery. And, nothing shows it better than by you actively participating, going to therapy with them, and actively learning about their health.
If your loved one is ready to move forward with treatment, contact us today for a consultation to start the process.