It is difficult to watch someone you love suffer from the effects of drug abuse and not want to seek the necessary help out of fear or ignorance. While you may compel them to go into rehab by force in an extreme situation, it is always better for you when their rehab program begins voluntarily.

Getting through the limitations your loved ones set up for not going to rehab can seem daunting. Understanding the best method to use for them can help ease the burden for both of you. Here are some ways you can use to convince your loved one to get into a rehab program:

Discuss the situation with a professional counselor:

Having recognized the need for your loved one to go through a drug recovery program, reach out to an addiction specialist. They can give you the resources and education that you need to know how to manage the situation best. Once you are well informed on the best treatment options, how to handle the emotional stress from such situations, and the causes and effects of substance abuse, you are likely to have a more productive discussion with your loved one.

Slot out time to have the conversation with your loved one:

With more information, you can now seek time to have an honest conversation with your loved one about drug recovery. Before approaching them, have your specific conversation goals in mind to direct the discussion. It is best to seek a time when they are most sober and that you maintain an open mind and non-judgmental and non-confrontational attitude towards them. When you face resistance, you can suspend the conversation for later and keep offering the resources you have found with your loved one.

Have an intervention:


When you see that one-on-one conversations do not have the desired results, you can seek to have an intervention session. This is where you bring together the most concerned people about your loved one. This may include worried family, friends, and sometimes clergy members and professional interventionists. Plan a time when there will be no rush and your loved one is sober by preplanning everyone’s role in the intervention. The most important thing is to express your support and belief in them and the benefits of enrolling in a drug recovery program.

Encourage and inform on available treatment options:

Equipping your loved ones with the necessary information about the available methods and platforms of treatment can allow them to choose the method that resonates with them best. They may decide to begin with counseling sessions and attend AA and NA meetings or join other social support groups. You can also participate in family support groups and counseling sessions to help through the process.

Show your support throughout the program:

One of the primary reasons that most people fear going through the drug recovery process is that there are fears of the detoxification process. Offering reassurance to them that addiction treatment is done under the supervision of trained professionals and that there is medicine to reduce the adverse effects can go a long way. It is essential to be compassionate and calm throughout the process while avoiding negative emotions and attitudes.



The process of convincing your loved one to start a drug recovery program may feel intrusive, or like you are meddling, but your actions may just save their lives. Addiction is a treatable disease, and when you see that the addicted person’s actions may harm them or others, you can consider involuntary commitment.