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If you or a loved one is experiencing addiction, we’re here to help.

The greatest gift you can give a family member or loved one is helping him receive proper treatment for his drug addiction. Sadly, getting your loved one into drug rehabilitation can be a challenge. You have to identify the drug problem, and there is often resistance—or even denial—from the addicted individual. Other concerns come up such as the cost for treatment, job challenges, and childcare issues.

Thankfully, each of these challenges can be addressed. Affordable financial solutions are available for treatment. If your loved one has insurance, the Affordable Care Act covers some forms of treatment for substance abuse.1 The Americans With Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities (such as addiction) by their employer.2 In some cases, an addicted individual may be able to participate in outpatient treatment and not even leave home.

How to Know If Someone Needs Drug Rehabilitation

Mother comforting addicted daughterDrug addicts are not likely to admit that they have a problem on their own. Instead, most individuals who attend a drug rehab program do so because they have friends and family who saw a problem and helped them get treatment.

When it comes to determining if someone has a drug problem, experts agree the best thing to do is watch for changes in behavior. For example, if an individual was once happy and outgoing, he may become subdued and isolated. Also, individuals that are addicted to drugs often develop problems at work or school. Finally, many individuals need money to support their drug habit. They may ask to borrow money or engage in criminal behavior in order to continue drug use. If you notice any of these patterns, please seek professional help from our trained professionals at Michael’s House.

Is A Drug Intervention Needed?

The most effective way to get someone you love into a drug rehabilitation program is through a drug intervention. A drug intervention occurs when concerned friends and family members come together to show the individual their drug problem is having a negative effect on their life and their loved ones.

What you should know about drug interventions:

  • Always work with a professional. Professional interventionists can ensure that the intervention runs smoothly. They guide the discussion and set specific guidelines for the session.
  • Hold the intervention in a familiar location. It is important to make the individual feel comfortable. An intervention should take place in that person’s home or another familiar location.
  • Don’t be confrontational. The intervention is NOT a time to judge the individual. Don’t share the ways that drug abuse has hurt you. Instead, be kind, supportive and firm.
  • Research drug rehab options beforehand. Investigate drug rehabilitation programs before the intervention.
  • Find a facility that will be appropriate for the individual. A good fit will help the transition from the intervention to drug treatment.

After the intervention, it is best to get the individual into drug rehabilitation right away. Many experts advise that friends or family pack a suitcase before the intervention to keep the positive momentum moving forward.

Michael’s House is one of the highest quality residential drug rehabilitation programs in the United States

If your loved one is addicted to drugs, it important to seek help as soon as possible. Don’t make excuses or hope the problem will resolve itself. Contact Michael’s House today at 760.548.4032 and talk with one of our trained professionals. We will gladly answer all of your questions and assist you in any way we can.

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1  Mental Health & Substance Abuse Coverage. Web. Accessed 5 June 2017.

2 Americans with Disabilities Act. U.S. Department of Labor. Web. Accessed 5 June 2017.