If your child is 17 years of age or younger you can send them to a rehabilitation center without their approval. If they are 18 or older they have to be willing to enter treatment and cannot be forced to enter any type of rehabilitation program. Even if your child is 17 or younger it is ideal if they have a willingness to get help. Someone who is forced into rehab or does not want to be there will usually not get the most out of the program. In most cases this leads to relapse and a continuation of the original issue.
Organizing an intervention or calling in professional help are good ways to propel your child into treatment. Trying to force them into treatment may make them resentful and end up making the situation worse. Only the addict themselves can make the decision to get sober. All the love and concern in the world will not cure the disease of addiction. The will to become clean and sober has to come from within. The family can do their part by being a solid support system and not enabling the addict. Intervening and being open and honest about the situation can also help. Letting your child know you are there for them if they need help may make it easier for them to ask when the time is right.
Al-Anon is a fellowship for family members and friends of alcoholics and addicts who need support. Al-Anon will help families gain support from individuals who have gone through what they are currently dealing with. In the rooms of Al-Anon family members and friends can learn about the disease of addiction and have a better understanding of why it’s so hard for their loved one to understand how their disease is destroying them. There are many resources available for drug addicts and alcoholics who want to get sober. There are also resources available for those who want to remain healthy and grounded when dealing with an addict or alcoholic.