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How Can I Get a substance abuser Into Treatment?

By Osehobo Ofure
Question: How Can I Get a Substance Abuser Into Treatment?
Answer: If a person abusing substances like Marijuana is unwilling to seek help, is there any way to get him or her into treatment?
This can be a challenging situation. A person smoking Marijuana cannot be forced to get help except under certain circumstances, such as when a violent incident results in police being called or following a medical emergency.
This doesn’t mean, however, that you have to wait for a crisis to make an impact.
Based on clinical experience, many treatment specialists recommend the following steps to help a marijuana abuse victim accept treatment:
Stop all “rescue missions.
” Family members often try to protect such persons from the results of his or her behaviour by making excuses to others about his or her smoking and by getting him or her out of marijuana-related jams. It is important to stop all such rescue attempts immediately, so that the person will fully experience the harmful effects of his or her abusing Marijuana — and thereby become more motivated to stop.
Time your intervention. 
Plan to talk with the drinker shortly after a marijuana-related problem has occurred–for example, a serious family argument in which smoking the substance played a part or a related accident. Also choose a time when he or she is sober, when both of you are in a calm frame of mind, and when you can speak privately.
Be specific. 
Tell the family member that you are concerned about his or her substance abuse and want to be supportive in getting help.
Back up your concern with examples of the ways in which his or her use of the substance has caused problems for both of you, including the most recent incident.
State the consequences.
 Tell the family member that until he or she gets help, you will carry out consequences–not to punish him, but to protect yourself from the harmful effects of his smoking.
These may range from refusing to go with the person to any social activities, to moving out of the house. Do not make any threats you are not prepared to carry out.
Be ready to help. 
Gather information in advance about treatment options. If the person is willing to seek help, call immediately for an appointment with a treatment program counsellor from the Neuro-psychiatric medical centre. Offer to go with the family member on the first visit to the treatment program.
Call on a friend
If the family member still refuses to get help, ask a friend to talk with him or her, using the steps described above. A friend who is a recovering from Substance abuse may be particularly persuasive, but any caring, non-judgmental friend may be able to make a difference. The intervention of more than one person, more than one time, is often necessary to persuade a family member abusing substances to seek help.
Find strength in numbers. 
With the help of a professional therapist, some families join with other relatives and friends to confront a person abusing Substances as a group.
While this approach may be effective, it should only be attempted under the guidance of a therapist who is experienced in this kind of group intervention.
Get support. 
Whether or not the family member seeks help, you may benefit from the encouragement and support of other people in your situation. Support groups like the ones the person belongs, which holds regular meetings, help family members understand that they are not responsible for the problem and that they need to take steps to take care of themselves, regardless of whether the family member chooses to get help.
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