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Severing Ties: Ways to Get Your Adult Children into Rehab

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction is a treatable disease not a lack of willpower or morality. Knowing this does not make severing ties with an adult child who is an addict any easier. Many people subscribe to the tough love approach, which involves abandoning the child to their drug addicted fate.

Unfortunately, this is an approach that damages the relationship between parent and child or can put husband and wife against each other when a child is an addict. There are ways to help your adult children realize that they need treatment without using this popular method.

The Intermediary Approach

This approach involves using an intermediary, possibly a sibling, to mediate between the givers (parents) and the taker (addict). This method can start with giving an addict an allowance doled out by the intermediary as long as the addict completes certain conditions.

One of these conditions should be some form of rehab program that suits the addict. By using an intermediary, the parents are not directly responsible for withholding the money and the addict does not get the allowance unless they complete certain conditions.

Intervention

Adult Children into Rehab

Planning an intervention with the rest of the family or friends is often an effective way to get someone into rehab.

This is an extremely popular method for dealing with any addict. It involves getting the whole family together to help the addict see the need for rehab. Usually a therapist conducts the intervention. There are several types of interventions. A few of the popular types are:

  • Classical – in this type the person is tricked into participating in the intervention where the family airs its grievances against the addict. Unfortunately, this is usually the least successful type of intervention. The family plans the intervention without the participation of the addict.
  • Crisis – This takes place when the addict places themselves in danger. When this happens the addict is forced to participate in rehab due to the circumstances after being confronted by the family.
  • Simple – a single family member talks to the addict and tries to convince them to enter rehab.

Unfortunately, interventions can help a person realize they need rehab but do not solve the actual problem unless the addict agrees.

Paying for Rehab Directly

Another method for getting an adult child into rehab is to offer to pay for it directly instead of giving the addict money. The money that would otherwise go to drug use will only go to pay the cost of treatment. In this method, the incentive to go to rehab is financial.

Motivational Incentives

Although this method is not necessarily recommended, it is rapidly gaining popularity because it does start an addict on the road to rehab. The parents who previously provided money for drugs put conditions on that money. The addict is motivated by the fact that they get a reward for going to rehab instead of just getting the money.

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Locating a Suitable Rehab and Stopping all Financial Support

This involves finding a treatment center for your adult child and then stopping all financial support until they go to it. You can find a treatment center by calling 800-481-6320Who Answers?. When the addict begins rehab, you gradually start to increase what you are willing to pay for or help them do.

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Life After Drug Rehab: Paying the Bill

Drug rehab can come with a price but don’t let that stop you from the recovery you deserve!

Long after you have finished getting treatment for a drug addiction there’s a chance that you will still be paying the bill. The cost of addiction runs far deeper than just the cost of going into treatment. There are other bills that accrue such as the need to pay back the people you love, the need….

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Choosing an Alcohol Rehab Center

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There are many different alcohol rehab center options available for those suffering from addiction to alcohol. Sometimes, because there are so many options to choose from, choosing an alcohol rehab center can be a difficult task. If you’re not sure what your options are for alcohol rehab or if you have learned about the various….

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Paying for Drug Rehab and Addiction Treatment

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The decision to seek help for addition is already a difficult decision to make and then trying to determine how you can afford such treatment is even more concerning. Figuring out how to pay for drug rehab is often the one thing that holds people back from getting treatment. Most importantly, you can’t wait to….

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How Substance Addiction Fuels Behavioral Problems

Behavioral issues are problematic by themselves but with the added help of substance addiction, they can be amplified. From moodiness to impulsivity, behavioral issues can only be strengthened with the use of a substance and may break up relationships along its destructive path. Substance addiction can fuel behavioral problems in many ways. The Lying Behavior….

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Tips for Making Friends at Your Rehab Center

A study on the role of social supports in recovery from Alcohol Treatment Quarterly states “general friendship is important for overall well-being” but can be especially necessary and beneficial to those in recovery. It is very helpful for recovering individuals to be visited by their friends, family, significant others, etc. at their treatment facility, but….

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Understanding the Intake Process in Drug Rehab

You should understand the intake process in drug rehab!

When it comes to finding drug rehab there’s definitely not much question about the availability of programs that are readily available to assist patients. What there is a major question about tends to the the intake process and what a patient can expect when they first enter drug rehab. Every program is different and more….

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The New Direction Intensive Inpatient Alcohol Treatment

Inpatient alcohol treatment is more intensive and helps on a deeper level.

Walton, New York alcohol treatment center, The New Direction, provides an intensive inpatient alcohol treatment program that helps addicts recover from alcoholism and regain control of their lives. The New Direction has been providing patients with intensive inpatient alcohol treatment in Walton, New York since 1977. Founded on the philosophy that recovering addicts who are….

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