Can You Force a Loved One into Rehab?

Many family members will think that they can force their loved one to go to rehab and then when they return, everything will just go back to the way it used to be. However, it doesn’t matter how much you want your loved one to go to drug or alcohol rehab. The addict must want to get help themselves as well.

You can try to convince your loved one to attend rehab. However, unless they are willing and motivated to change, they won’t possess the determination and commitment needed to stick to the recovery programme and they will likely not want to work on the recovery. This means that the rehab treatment will most likely be unsuccessful.

You are also not allowed to force someone into rehab if they are overage and do not consent to treatment. Although this is frequently the case, you can seek out drug or alcohol intervention help or get guidance through our family referral service.

It is best to try to speak to your loved ones and get them to realise the damage that they are causing to themselves and to the people around them. Some people find that interventions are very useful and the best method for getting their loved ones to realise all of the damage they are causing.

You can get help from a professional with intervention as this can be very helpful. If you want to find out more about professional interventions, get in touch with us.


Why Doesn’t a Loved One Want Help?

It can be hard for friends and family members to understand why their loved ones wouldn’t want to get help for their drug or alcohol addiction. Addictions can have a real pull and this is something that is difficult to comprehend unless you’ve gone through an addiction yourself.

Addictions are known as a type of illness that affects the brain. People who are struggling with addictions won’t be seeing things as clearly as you might be, and many addicts will make excuses as to why they don’t need professional treatment or why they abuse a particular substance.

Many addicts may also put the blame on other people. Some people think that their addiction makes them feel better and they may not want to admit or accept that the addiction is actually doing much more harm than good.


When Will a Loved One Be Ready For Professional Help?

When someone is affected by addiction, they will usually only be ready to accept the addiction help they need when they reach a point where they feel like they are ready to make some changes. This is usually the point when they have reached rock bottom and it will be different for each addict.

Before your loved one can get the help they need to overcome their addiction, they have to reach that point where they decide that enough is enough.


Signs and Symptoms of Addiction to Look Out For

Below is a list of the most common signs and symptoms of addiction that you can look out for:

Physical Signs and Symptoms

Some fo the physical signs and symptoms which may indicate an addiction is present include:

  • Drinking or taking drugs more and more
  • Not showing as much interest in their usual activities
  • Constant tiredness
  • Feeling ill
  • Mental health problems
  • Not being able to say no to alcohol or drugs

Of course, these symptoms may not always indicate an addiction. It’s important to consider how many of the above points you can associate with your loved one.

Family Problems and Relationship Problems

Addictions can affect people in many ways. However, one of the worst ways that addiction can affect people is in their relationships with their families. Many addicts find that their relationships break down as a result of drinking or drug taking. The relationships may degrade as the family members have to watch their addiction become worse and worse over time.


Can You Speed Up the Process for Someone Seeking Treatment?

You may be able to get through to your loved ones or encourage them to get the help they need. There may be some times when they are less resistant to the idea of going through a recovery programme in drug and alcohol rehab. This may be at certain times such as when they are having a bad comedown or when they’re experiencing a bad hangover.

It may also be after some bad behaviour that makes them feel ashamed.

Alternatively, you may want to choose to do an intervention with an intervention specialist and other family members. Interventions can be extremely helpful in helping someone realise how bad their addiction is and how it affects them and the people around them.

If you want to find out more about professional interventions and how to conduct an addiction intervention with a loved one, get in touch with us today for some free, confidential advice on 01908 489 421.


Where to Get Help for Addictions

If you need some help with arranging an intervention or if you want some more information on the treatments available and how to access treatments, get in touch with us today. Our friendly, helpful advisors can provide you with all of the information you need and we are here to offer you support and advice whenever you feel like you need it.

Addictions are progressive disorders, so it’s important to get them treated as soon as possible. Although you can’t force someone into rehab, you can encourage them and let them know how much the treatments will turn their life around.

We can provide you with advice on how to speak to your loved one. Simply get in touch with us today and we will walk through everything you need to know about talking to a loved one who is suffering from an addiction. You can call us on 01908 489 421 or email


John Gillen - Author - Last Updated: 17 July 2023

John has travelled extensively around the world, culminating in 19 years’ experience looking at different models. He is the European pioneer of Nad+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) treatment to Europe in 2010; and recently back from the USA bringing state of the art Virtual Reality Relapse Prevention and stress reduction therapy. his passion extends to other metabolic disturbances and neurodegenerative diseases.

The journey continues, in recent times john has travelled to Russia to study and research into a new therapy photobiomudulation or systemic laser therapy working with Nad+ scientists and the very best of the medical profession in the UK and the USA, together with Nadcell, Bionad Clinics own select Doctors, nurses, dieticians and therapists, Johns’ passion continues to endeavour to bring to the UK and Europe new developments with Nad+ therapy in preventive and restorative medicine and Wellness. In 2017 John Gillen was made a visiting Professor at the John Naisbitt university in Belgrade Serbia.