How to Get Your Child into Rehab
Addiction is a serious disease, but unfortunately, one of its hallmarks is denial. Addicted individuals may fail to realize the existence or extent of the problem. This often leaves parents of addicted children more anxious for them to receive treatment than the addicted children themselves.
The options available to parents depend on the age of their child and on the laws of the state in which they live. It is possible to admit children under the age of 18 to rehab programs without the minor’s consent. In a handful of states, it is also sometimes possible to admit adults involuntarily, with the help of the court system. Generally, family members must prove that their loved ones are a danger to themselves or others, and the court is generally only able to commit them for a very short stay.
Parents often wonder if forced admission is worth pursuing, reasoning that if treatment is involuntary then it’s unlikely to have much effect. A research-based guide to effective treatment notes, however, that when family members and others apply sanctions and enticements, patients are more likely to enter and stay in treatment and to be ultimately successful. Often, once patients are detoxified and their minds begin to clear, the benefits of sobriety become more obvious, motivation grows and success builds on itself.
Although patient cooperation is not always necessary, especially for children under 18, attempting to secure it is still a good idea. There is almost always a degree of ambivalence in patients when they enter treatment, because even if they realize what clonazepam addiction is costing them, substance use is rewarding to them on some level. All patients will need to address this ambivalence, but the higher the intrinsic motivation to change, the easier the process is likely to be.
Helping Your Child Accept the Need for Addiction Treatment
Ways to help get your child into clonazepam rehab include the following:
- Strengthen yourself emotionally. – When a child is addicted, parents usually experience a wide range of strong emotions. These are generally normal and justified, but when they aren’t dealt with in a healthy manner, they can interfere with the goal of getting a child into treatment.
Parents may feel a mixture of concern, anger, frustration, guilt and more, but often, what comes across most strongly to the child is the anger. When people feel attacked, they tend to become defensive, and conversations can be counterproductive. If parents are able to deal with their emotions in counseling or a support group, it can help them approach their children more effectively.
- Don’t enable. – Enabling behavior makes it easier for people to continue using drugs or alcohol and often involves protecting them from natural consequences. Enabling can involve lying for them and can include giving them money or bailing them out of legal trouble. Enabling can be as simple as helping people get into bed after they have passed out on the floor. Although these behaviors can be born from a desire to help, they can make it more difficult for people to recognize their problems and accept the type of help they really need. Of course, people do need to be protected from themselves sometimes; it is never a good idea to let someone drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, for example.
- Be ready. – Sometimes, people who struggle with addiction will have moments when they are ready to accept help. These moments can pass, however, if help isn’t readily available. It is wise for parents to have a plan of action in place that can be acted on immediately when opportunity arises. This often means choosing an addiction treatment program and having a plan for transportation and other logistical concerns prepared.
- Seek a doctor’s help. – The National Institute on Drug Abuse suggests taking children to doctors who are able to screen for signs of drug use. They suggest asking doctors in advance if they are comfortable doing that, and if not, asking for a referral.
- Put up a united front. – Convincing individuals of their need for clonazepam addiction treatment is easier when they get the same message from multiple sources. It is helpful for both parents to be involved in the process whenever possible. Although it may be more challenging, a coordinated effort is especially important when parents are divorced. A publication entitled Substance Abuse Treatment and Family Therapy notes that ambiguous parental roles and different household rules and boundaries can cause confusion for children who spend time in more than one parental home.
Consider holding a formal intervention. – An intervention, when done well, helps people struggling with addiction to realize how their behavior is affecting themselves and others. It is a time when others express their love and concern in a focused way.
Although friends and family members can hold interventions on their own, it is often a good idea to hire a professional interventionist. Interventionists are able to be emotionally neutral and address the situation without the emotional baggage friends and family members often carry. An interventionist can help participants decide what to say and what might be best to leave unsaid.
- Follow through with consequences. – Generally, an intervention concludes with participants asking the addicted individual to accept the treatment that they have arranged and expressing what they will do if that course is rejected. Consequences are only effective when they are consistently enforced, so it is important not to make empty threats.
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