Many people who struggle with alcohol or drugs have a difficult time getting better. There are many reasons for this, but mostly because loved ones may feel confused, frustrated, and at a loss as to how to help a loved one enter rehab. There are some suggestions to help start the conversation and get the ball rolling if you’re struggling with where to start.

Family Intervention

The most popular way to get someone the necessary help they need is a family intervention. This is when family members and an interventionist get together with a person with addiction to tell them how much they’re loved and wish they could get better. Each family member takes a turn and tells the person how special they are and how to get help. The person who is struggling listens and hopefully realizes the need for help.

Professional Help

Trying to find a professional or person who has been through addiction to talk to them can be helpful. Professionals can utilize their skills to talk and try to reason with the loved one. Experts are usually trained and can use proactive approaches to convince the person to seek help. The goal is to try to reason with and talk to the person to seek professional help.


Many people overlook the fact that a loved one may be struggling with alcohol and drugs for many reasons. Whatever they are, they are typically barriers to treatment. If a person becomes defensive, the person may become hostile and refuse to talk to that person anymore. It might take a few tries, but it helps to listen and let them share their concerns. Write down the factors that make it hard for them to receive help and see what you can do to help.

Find Solutions

Once there are solutions on the table, it can help to find a professional or expert to find a way of realizing those solutions. Ask around to a few addiction professionals to find a solution to this bigger issue that will help the person with addiction overcome the barrier.

Speak to Them

Nobody wants to be lectured at. Be honest with people and tell them what it will require to seek help for addiction. If they don’t want help, they will continue to suffer and hurt loved ones. Nobody but that person can want change more than they do. As hard as it is, you may have to walk away for a time and not push the conversation until it seems they’re ready to discuss it again. Find out their fears, address solutions, and seek support services but realize you cannot make them move forward until they are ready.

The Springboard Center’s addiction treatment programs are tailored to meet the needs of each client. Drug addiction and substance use is a big challenge. Don’t try to tackle it all alone. If you are struggling, we will be here to help your loved one with our rehab services. We will help them walk the journey of recovery one step at a time. If you want to know more information, call us at 432-620-0255