There are different things you can do to encourage an addicted person to get the help they need. For instance, you could arrange an intervention with help from a qualified professional. Alternatively, you can spell out the consequences of addiction, such as being fired from a job or being evicted from an apartment.
Sometimes, simply the thought of losing finances, housing, or employment is enough to motivate someone to seek treatment. For families with children, parents often seek treatment if their addiction could ultimately cause them to lose parental rights and access to their kids.
According to research, the most common motivating factors that help people to embrace the need for change are:
Experiencing feelings of depression or anxiety.
Critical life changes, such as loss of a job or expecting a child.
Therapy or self-evaluation that provides visibility into the growing impact of substance abuse.
Witnessing or recognizing that the addiction has caused harm to someone else.
Continued support and empathy from friends and family who encourage treatment.
How to Be a Motivating Factor
In order to support our loved ones at these critical decision points, providing both a reality check and a practical source of encouragement can help. Here’s how you can help motivate a loved one to seek the help they need:
Raise the subject and discuss treatment options and be supportive of any discussion involving recovery.
Set consistent limits and boundaries while allowing your loved one to resolve conflicts and experience the consequences of their drug or alcohol use.
Provide transportation or other practical help if a loved one enters a treatment program.
Encourage an immediate return to treatment if a relapse occurs.
As you can see, there are different approaches to encourage and motivate a person struggling with addiction to start treatment. The important thing is to not give up.
For more information on encouraging a loved one to check into rehab, please feel free to check out this in-depth piece: You Don’t Need to Hit Rock Bottom to Embrace Recovery