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Powerful (and unintentional) ways to keep your loved one from treatment

Parents, spouses and even children have tremendous clout in terms of getting a loved one into treatment. The problem is that they frequently fail to flex that muscle. Instead of encouraging treatment, they tolerate or even inadvertently support addictive or alcoholic behavior.

Prospective clients’ loved ones might call Clean & Sober Recovery Services for some preliminary information about treatment – and then they back away.  “Well, he’s pretty committed to staying sober this time.  I think we’ll hold off on formal treatment for now.” Or “She says that this DUI is absolutely the last one, and I think she can do this on her own.”

My experience has shown me that even the best intentions for sobriety seldom bear fruit. Substance use disorder is a complex disease that requires support and change on many levels:  physical, spiritual, social and psychological.  You wouldn’t treat cancer or diabetes with a simple wish and a prayer. Addiction to alcohol or other drugs demands the same respect and full-fledged treatment.

Loved ones usually don’t understand this disease so they look for the quick fix, just like the addict or alcoholic.  They want to believe that a short stint with a trauma therapist will get to the root of the problem. They want to believe that good intentions and discipline can put the monster to rest. They want to believe that their loved one can pull himself or herself up by the bootstraps. They want to believe that this is only their loved one’s problem. The reality is that substance use disorder makes everyone as unhealthy as the beloved addict or alcoholic.

Here’s the good news:  you are not alone, and we are here to support you every step of the way with an intervention, detox, residential inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment or recovery housing.


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