It is normal to want the best for your loved one, but seeing them addicted to drugs is understandably worrying. While you cannot control all the factors that have led them to their addiction, you can only hope for the best for them. Part of wanting the best for them involves encouraging them to pursue rehab options, and allowing them to willingly decide that they want to recover.
However, what happens when part of wanting the best for them means forcing them into a drug rehab facility? Especially when you are seeing their life fading before your eyes and them wasting away, you do not want them to ruin their lives completely. You hurriedly look for the best facilities and the best treatment programs – but is it worth it? Will it guarantee their recovery? Or will they slip back into drug abuse?
The rise of drug treatment that us ordered by courts
There are some states in the United States that allow a family as well as medical professionals to have a person entered into treatment through court petitions. If the person is considered to be a liability to others or to themselves, they can also be ordered to enter a rehab facility.
For the cases of emergency commitments, the time to register can vary between 24 hours up to two weeks. Law enforcement officers can petition the drug rehab facilities directly, even when a court order is not present at that time.
Some of the issues that can be solved through urgent interventions such as this will give you an important way even though the courts may not be on board or when they are closed, such as during the night or on weekends. This is further spotted as a rising trend, as they show data that proves involuntary commitment to rehabs is on the increase.
Does this strategy really work?
We all know, and you may know very well – drug rehabilitation does not become effective unless the person in question is willing and ready to commit to the recovery process, and they recognize they have a problem. However, the increasing cases of involuntary treatment may be a pointer to the problem of opioids, and the increase in their use.
Statistics from the NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) reveal that at least 100 people die every day after overdoses on opioids such as heroin and prescription drugs. The unfortunate news is that there is little evidence that proves forcing someone into a treatment facility helps then in the long term.
When examining state laws for instance, you will realize they do not keep track of whether forced rehabilitation will help the affected person recover from drug abuse, and some studies even show the program may be harming the health of the addict instead of helping them.
The Massachusetts DPH (Department of Public Health) revealed in a recent report that addicts that went through involuntary commitment were two times as likely to die from overdosing on opioids compared to addicts that voluntarily went into treatment.
In addition, the evidence of forced intervention assisting an addict to recover from disorders of substance abuse was not available (and it still is not), even when you attempt to examine other factors related to it. These include employment after the recovery process is over, getting stable housing, and treatment through extensive medication use.
Interestingly, even though these interventions may be present, it is not always guaranteed that the person or their family can afford them, and their insurance may not cover part of the cost either. Research reveals that addicts who reach these serious stages are usually given a choice – do they go to jail, or do they enter treatment programs? The choice is entirely up to them, and as much as you may want the best for them, you cannot decide what will happen.
This also fails to consider the unregulated rehab sector
One of the many hazards of addiction, even after recovery, is the risk of relapses. You may know it very well, especially if addiction has occurred to your loved one. Addiction is a difficult issue to solve completely, and even after the loved one leaves a treatment facility, they will still require all the support they can get.
However much you want your loved one to recover, part of forced treatment involves dishing out tough love. There is a very thin line between mandatory treatment processes and being forced to go through a treatment program – and they will give very different results.
You need to remember this, as much as it hurts – if forced treatment was a guarantee to getting your loved one in full recovery shape, then all cases would result in recovery. The circumstances of each case are also different, and you cannot afford to wait for your loved one to make up their mind sometimes, especially when the drug abuse is threatening to end their life or that of others.
The result of this is the development of a drug rehab industry that is worth billions of dollars, since this has arisen to help families that are desperate to have their loved ones recover. The bad news is that this industry does not have set regulations, and the programs that are offered in some of these facilities do not base their strategies on scientific and holistic research. Federal law does not cater to them either, as there are no federal standards for setting up rehab or counseling programs.
As the family of the addict, you will also end up paying so much money to these facilities, only to see your loved one getting better.
Even though you want your loved one to recover (and it is possible), all of this information means that you need to be careful when considering a drug rehab facility for your loved one. It is not just the fees you pay that will guarantee their recovery, as addiction is acomplicated problem that needs to be dealt with from multiple angles.