How To Get Your Loved One Into Treatment

It is extremely heartbreaking and difficult to watch someone you love go down the destructive path of addiction. It is a fatal, chronic disease with serious life-threatening consequences. There comes a point where people around the person suffering from addiction begin to realize that their loved one needs help, but it can be an uphill battle. Trying to navigate how to approach getting a loved one into treatment – given how irritable, stubborn, selfish and even violent people suffering from addiction can become – and getting a positive outcome, seems impossible.

Luckily, there are things you can do to help get your loved one into treatment. Just remember that your actions while approaching the situation need to come from a place of love, support and genuine care, despite how their addiction has negatively impacted you.

Do Your Research

First thing’s first: it is time for you to do your due-diligence. You don’t want to present the idea of entering treatment to your loved one with a bunch of unknowns. This is because one of the most feared things about entering treatment for addiction is the unknown. If you present your loved one with clear-cut options, having done your research and giving them educated information, they will be much more open to the idea of going into treatment.

Recognize the Signs of Addiction

It is important that you recognize the signs of your loved one’s addiction, so that you can bring these up to him or her. If your loved one has lost their job, gotten a divorce, been arrested or is extremely unhealthy, these are all important things to take note of and bring up to your loved one when the time is right. Looking in the mirror is hard, and people suffering from addiction tend to turn to their substances to numb the pain their addiction has caused.

Treatment Programs

No two treatment centers are created equal, and it is important to research programs that would be right for your loved one. You may decide that staying near town could be best for your loved one, or perhaps getting far away and leaving triggers behind would be better. Either way, it is important for you to research what the treatment center offers, what the accommodations are and what the payment options are.

Talk to an Admissions Counselor

One of the easiest ways you can do research about getting your loved one into treatment is to speak with an admissions counselor. Our admissions counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a confidential conversation. We can walk through the logistics of getting your loved onto to our facility, what treatment options are available, whether your loved one’s insurance can cover the cost, what payment options are available and a wealth of other logistical information.

Open the Conversation

Once you have done your research about getting your loved one into treatment, it is time to open the conversation with them. It is extremely important to be gentle, caring and loving during this conversation rather than confrontational. Make sure your loved one does not feel attacked or like they are a person of low moral standard, but rather, that they are suffering and can no longer go down the same path.


Unfortunately, opening the conversation with your loved one about going to treatment does not always go well. Despite your best efforts, it can turn into an argument and they can become hostile in an effort to control and manipulate the situation. It is important to remember that this is your loved one’s addiction that is making them act this way, and not to abandon all efforts of getting them help. It just means you may need to take it a step further. Hiring a professional interventionist could be the best option for your loved one. You can search for interventionists in your area, or give us a call to help you along the way.


If you are able to successfully get your loved one into treatment, make sure you show them a lot of love and support. They are going through a scary time in their life where everything is changing. Showing them compassion and support will help carry them through, and it will show them that people still love them during this lonely time.

Participate in Treatment

Addiction is a disease that affects the entire family and structure around a person. Do your best to participate in your loved one’s treatment by attending family therapy sessions and being part of their plan.

About Pinelands Recovery Center

Getting a loved one into treatment can be difficult, but it can be done. You don’t want to look back one day and wish you had helped your loved one when you had the chance. The time to get help is now.

Pinelands Recovery Center of Medford is widely known as one of New Jersey’s finest, most respected addiction treatment facilities. With comfortable 30-bed accommodations and a 24-hour professional staff, we can offer clients a serene, relaxing environment amid the lush piney woods. This stress-free setting with its sense of warmth and welcoming enables you to feel comfortable and confident about your clean and sober life ahead.

We will establish clear goals, both general in nature and specific to your needs. We continue to monitor those goals, to make sure that our clients are progressing and buying into their recovery plan. We thrive on assisting clients in feeling connected to the recovery community, share and demonstrate effective coping techniques, help clients to modify attitudes and patterns of behavior and everything else you will need to be happy and productive living a sober, healthy life.

We ensure that clients complete their planned concrete tasks, encourage hope, optimism and
healthy living. Our recovery program is not a revolving door treatment program; it is a recovery model designed to help clients go on to lead productive, happy lives. For more information, visit