Finding Help for a Struggling Loved One
by 449 Staff

When it comes to seeking help, especially treatment for a life-threatening disease, it can be challenging. Someone acknowledging that they have a problem is the first step, and realizing it is time to do something about it is the next. However, getting a loved one to follow through and move past these two steps can be the real challenge.

It can seem incredibly overwhelming to help a loved one seek treatment; there may be confusion on simply where to start. Having the internet makes it possible to find treatment at the click of a button. However, the plethora of information available can make this process a lot more difficult.

Encouraging and Supporting a Loved One

Sometimes being too forceful about treatment can send a friend or family member the opposite way. It may be that extra push that they need, but it also may be that last ounce of pressure that makes them feel like it is too much. This is when planting seeds of information may be your best source of providing help.

Educate yourself about different types of treatment centers, costs, locations, and contacts that would be useful. If you start with research, this takes a tremendous amount of pressure off of someone’s back. The more knowledge you have, the more you can discuss options with your loved one.

Approaching the Treatment Conversation

When starting the conversation about treatment, you can talk about different therapies incorporated into a treatment plan and how many treatment facilities have an entire team working with each client to make sure their needs are met. 449 Recovery has plenty of resources about addiction, information on what is being treated, and what a client will experience while in treatment.

A treatment facility’s website could be a great place to start in order to help friends or family members begin their process of seeking help. You can call a treatment center at any time to gather information or just ask questions. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the sources of support around you because you can share that support with others.

Making yourself aware of treatment options around you could be more than your struggling loved one has done. People could be right down the street from a place that could genuinely help them, and they may have no idea. This is why knowledge is wealth, and it may truly help save someone’s life. Share what you know because it may also show them how much you care for them and are taking their health seriously.

Trustworthy Sources

As the internet advances, there are more and more sources of information that can be a blessing and a curse. When it comes to matters as serious as addiction, mental health treatment, detox, and therapy, it is crucial to ensure that the sources you find information from are trustworthy. When looking for information online, always be sure that the website ends in .org, .gov, or is provided by an accredited professional. It is crucial that you are only listening to what comes from professionals that are certified to be working in this field.

When it comes to seeking treatment for a loved one, always look through the website and make sure there are certifications and some source of accreditation. There should also be valuable information about what the facility treats and how they treat it, as well as testimonials from real clients.

449 Recovery is an amazing place to start not only to find treatment but also to gather trustworthy and evidence-based information. Reassure a friend or family member that the mission of where they are going is very important because of the community that they will be involved with.

The Mission Matters

Seek a place that makes the community a part of its mission and takes pride in forming beautiful connections that can be used throughout the recovery process. Be aware of the alumni programs and the programs in active treatment that provide lifelong relationships and support.

Emphasize to your loved ones that the more they put into their program, the more they will get out of it. If they plan just to get in, get done, and get out, then that is just what they will do. They won’t form bonds and access resources that will contribute to them maintaining recovery for the rest of their life.

Treatment is not always easy. It will take help, support, love, and guidance from a formed community. The hard work comes when someone is trying to integrate themselves back into daily life as a functioning adult. This is the challenge, and it is crucial to be well equipped. 449 Recovery can help prepare your loved one for a journey full of wellness and independence.

Treatment is often the first step in recovery after detox, and it builds a foundation for what that recovery will look like. If you want your loved one to be fully immersed in recovery, they must be fully immersed in the steps it takes to get there. A person can only be as involved as their treatment team is, and that’s why 449 Recovery believes in providing our clients with a whole team of support not to hold their hand through their journey but assist them in any way we find possible. We want to help you help your struggling loved ones, whether that means starting treatment today or guiding you to useful information. If you want to help a loved one dig deep and get to the root of their addiction, call 449 Recovery at (949) 435-7449. We will guide you to the help you need.