Sending loved ones to drug abuse programs is one of the most challenging situations to a family. At times it feels like you are abandoning a family member at their point of need. However, the best thing is not to let such emotions get in the way of your loved one going to treatment.
When sending a loved one to a drug abuse program, one needs to be strong. Do not let your fears be known to the addict as this may make him change his mind and he or she might refuse to go to treatment. Remember that if there is anyone who is completely afraid, then it is the addict. That means that all family members have to be strong for the sake of the addict. You should encourage them by reminding them that they’ve made the correct decision and continue showering them with praise until they enroll in the programs.
When the addict agrees to go to the drug abuse programs, they should be enrolled immediately. This means that even before talking to the addict about enrolling for the drug abuse program, you ought to have packed their belongings and placed them at a strategic place where they can easily be reached. This is a precaution to ensure that the addict does not change his or her mind. For instance, if you decide to enroll the addict the next day, he or she may change their mind overnight and, come the following morning, might refuse to go. To avoid this, one should ensure that they send the addict to treatment immediately.
Another way to deal with sending a loved one to a drug abuse program is by getting support from all the people around you. Support is necessary as you might be sad with the fact that your loved one is going to be away from you for some time. You should try and get support from your friends, relatives, and colleagues. You could talk to someone who has had to send their loved ones to drug abuse programs before.
These people may tell you what mechanisms they used so that they could cope with the situation. They may have engaged in activities that enabled them to forget the fact that their loved one is going to drug abuse treatment; they may have stayed strong and faced the situation too. So hear them out and use the mechanism that works best for you.
If that does not make things any better, you could get help from support groups. These support groups hold meetings where people talk about their experiences with addicts. They remind each other of all they had to go through living with the addict. When such negative experiences are shared, they tend to appreciate the fact that the addict is actually going to receive help and the possibility of seeing their loved one leading a normal life gives them the strength to oversee that painful process of seeing their loved one admitted into drug abuse programs.