Save Your Marriage: Seek Alcohol Rehab for Your Spouse Today
You know that alcohol abuse takes a toll on a marriage. You have had front row seats. Some marriages have to deal with infidelity during periods of excessive drinking. Others are plagued by violence. Still others fall victim to poor management of finances thanks to alcohol. Every situation is a bit different. But, they can all benefit from alcohol rehab.
Unfortunately, it may feel daunting to look into rehab on behalf of a spouse. Surely, it is work they should be doing, right?
Drinking also takes an excessive toll on the individual. Your spouse may not actually be able to do the work necessary to find proper treatment and care. They may find their thinking clouded and their concentration shot.
Did you know that only a mere 8.9 percent of the people who need treatment for alcohol abuse and alcoholism receive it? Many of those people simply can’t muster their faculties enough to succeed at entering treatment. It is natural and necessary that you, the loved one, would start this lifesaving process.
In the discussion that follows, some suggestions are given to help you with encouraging your spouse to talk about their addiction and enter alcohol rehab. Involuntarily committing your spouse is also touched upon. For more information on seeking rehab for your spouse, call 800-481-6320Who Answers?. You don’t have to do this alone.
Can I Commit Them Involuntarily?
Committing a person to treatment against their wishes is certainly something that can be done for alcohol abusers under the age of eighteen. Parents, for example, often take advantage of this fact to get their children the care that they need.
When it comes to adults, there are fewer options. The longest you could possibly commit someone against their will would by 72 hours and that’s not even enough time to work through detox. Long-term involuntary commitment is simply viewed as a violation of one’s civil liberties and your spouse’s rights are therefore protected.
There are, however, a few individual states that will let you to place your spouse in alcohol rehab without their consent. For example, Kentucky and Ohio have Casey’s Law. It can be used to intercede with people who need treatment but will not pursue it. The process requires probable cause determined by the court and evaluations from 2 medical professionals: at least one must be a doctor. This can get you a legal mandate for alcohol rehab attendance.
Do They Need to Go to Treatment Voluntarily for It to Work?
Obviously, not everyone who goes into alcohol treatment wants to be there. Many people are pushed into it by the criminal justice system, their employers, and families. Pressure from these groups can also lead to increased retention once people have agreed to enter treatment.
You will be happy to know that the National Institute on Drug Abuse reassures people that alcohol rehab does not need to be voluntary to be effective. However, that doesn’t mean that you should involuntarily commit someone. You should try other means first, and should you have to exert a little pressure, you can take comfort in knowing it won’t compromise the efficacy of the work.
What Are Some Ways That I Can Encourage My Spouse into Alcohol Rehab?
Instead of leaping for a power move, you want to begin by demonstrating you are not only able to talk about the situation and the role rehab can play in it but willing to as well. Try waiting until they will be receptive to what you have to say. Perhaps, you will do best during a time when your spouse is thinking about their drinking as a negative choice. You should do some research and learn about alcohol rehab, then try:
- Suggesting that the pair of you go to a 12 step meeting
- Gathering some recovery brochures and books and leaving them where they can be accessed by your spouse
- Stopping any of the behavior and actions you have been using to shield your spouse from the repercussions of their drinking
- Asking an addictions specialist for help
If you are left with no other recourse, it may be time to consider an intervention.
For more information about interventions and other strategies for convincing a loved one it is time for alcohol rehab, contact us at 800-481-6320Who Answers?. Don’t wait any longer; your spouse needs help now.