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Addiction Killing a Loved One? Ways to Make them Get Treatment

One of the most difficult things to do is watch a loved one kill themselves with drugs or alcohol. You beg and plead with them, asking them to seek treatment but they always go back to their addiction. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, treatment does not have to be voluntary to work. There are ways you can force your loved one to get treatment for their drug addiction. None of them are particularly nice ways but they work if your loved one won’t seek treatment on their own, they might be necessary.

Withholding Funds Unless they Attend Treatment

One way to get someone to go into treatment is to stop paying for them if they won’t get help. Many loved ones pay the rent and the bills while their loved one takes the money and uses it to get high or drunk. You can offer to pay for treatment or you can just stop paying for everything until they go into treatment and stay there.

This gives them a choice of what to do. They either get treatment or they do not get any more money from you. It sounds mean but it sometimes work.

Using the Baker Act

You can also use the baker act to get them treatment. Although this does not always work, it does when they are high or drunk most of the time. A Baker Act is a 72 hour hold on a person who is a danger to themselves or others. If they are on drugs and a danger, doctors will examine them and predict the best course of treatment. It might be in a treatment facility or the treatment might be outpatient. There is a problem with this approach though, sometimes the doctors do not order treatment if they do not feel it is necessary.

In order to do this you need to be a relative or you have to have three people that know the person well. In some states, law enforcement can also order a Baker Act.

Using a Local Law

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Refusing to give your loved one money may encourage them to seek treatment.

Some states have adopted a local law that allows someone to report a drug user who is in danger. Different states each call this law something different. It usually allows a family member, law enforcement, or three people who know the person well, to force a loved one into treatment. Each state is different when it comes to this law. You would have to check into the law in your area before embarking on this course.

Using Law Enforcement

Although it might seem horrible, if you know your loved one has drugs on them, you can call law enforcement on them. This is also a very dangerous course of action to take. Some people do not respond well to police and they could end up in jail or worse instead of in treatment.

Planning Ahead

When taking any of these steps, it is a good idea to know where you would like them to go before talking to anyone. If you need to find a good rehab in your area, call 800-481-6320.

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