How To Convince Someone To Go to Drug Rehab

Seeing someone you love struggle with substance abuse isn’t easy. You may feel overwhelmed or hopeless – how can you do anything to help the situation? Why won’t they change? Can’t they see all the harm it’s causing? The reality is, many addicted people already know they need help but making that first step can be daunting. They may be afraid of change or rehab and worry that people might judge them.

Drugs are incredibly addictive and once someone has developed a dependence, it can be very difficult to break the cycle. Despite this, recovery is possible. Anyone can recover from drug or alcohol abuse, it just takes time, love, and support. And by showing your loved ones that you care, you’ll be more likely to convince them to go to rehab and seek addiction treatment.

Here in this blog post, we’ll be taking a closer look at addiction and what you can do to convince someone to get help.

What Is Substance Abuse?

Drug abuse is a chronic disease characterized by an incessant urge to take drugs despite the negative consequences. It’s considered to be a brain disorder, primarily because of the way in which substance abuse causes changes to an individual’s brain functions (reward, stress, and self-control).

Spotting the Signs of Addiction

Though everybody will experience drug addiction differently, there are a few common signs and symptoms to look out for, including:

  • Mood swings
  • Defensiveness
  • Memory problems
  • Paranoia and agitation
  • Secretive and addictive behavior
  • Social isolation
  • Losing interest in hobbies or activities they once found enjoyable
  • Lack of personal hygiene
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Physical marks ( track marks)

Addiction may be a serious disorder, but it is treatable and recovery is possible. Watching someone you love grapple with substance abuse isn’t easy, but there are a few things you can do to convince them to start seeking help.

5 Ways To Convince Someone To Go to Rehab

  1. Do Your Research

Before you confront your loved one or try to convince them to go to rehab, make sure you do your research. The more knowledge you can gather about drug abuse, the better equipped you’ll be to deal with the conversation. This is important as it will help you understand your loved one’s addiction and why they got into it in the first place.

When doing your research, try to get as many viewpoints in as possible. Read up on treatment options and seek professional help from an addiction counselor or doctor to better understand addiction and the kind of support that’s available to your loved one. The Mental Health Services Administration also has an extensive list of online resources that you can make use of during your research.

It’s also a good idea to understand the needs of your addicted loved one and whether they’re suffering from any underlying mental health disorders. This will help you in your search and ensure you read up on the most useful information. As part of your research, look up different rehab programs to get a better idea of the treatment options available. Alongside detox and therapy, there are also more intensive treatment approaches such as outpatient treatment and inpatient care.

Approaching your loved one with all this knowledge up your sleeve will make for a productive conversation and show them that you truly care and are doing all you can to understand what they’re going through and want to see this person succeed.

  1. Set Up An Intervention

Setting up a professional intervention is a great way of getting family and friends together to talk to your loved one about their substance abuse. As well as bringing forward multiple points of view, professional interventions can help your loved one see the bigger picture and how their addiction is affecting those around them. When carrying out an intervention, it’s best to get professionals involved such as a treatment or intervention specialist. They can help act as mediators and guide the confusion, making it easier for everyone to open up and get their point across. Keep in mind that an intervention shouldn’t be an outright confrontation – you still need to approach your loved one with care, compassion, and understanding.

Sometimes, multiple attempts at intervention will have to be made in order to convince someone to go to drug rehab and get addiction treatment. This is completely normal – after all, addiction is a relapsing and chronic disease. Full recovery will take time, so try to remain as patient as possible. In serious cases, however, you can organize a court-ordered rehab. This is usually seen as the last step and only done in cases when the addiction is proving dangerous and life-threatening.

  1. Show Compassion

When you do enter into a conversation with your loved one, always try to lead with compassion. Avoid judgment and really get to the heart of their drug addiction. Remember that addiction is a disease, often caused by underlying problems like mental illness, stress, and trauma. Make it clear to them that you’re not upset or angry, you’re simply worried and want what’s best for them. This approach is more likely to get them to go to rehab and seek treatment, precisely because they won’t feel like they’re being judged or looked down upon. This compassion is something you’ll need to show throughout the entirety of their recovery journey – not just at the start. While it’s important to show them love and support, don’t forget your own boundaries either.

  1. Remain Objective and in Control of Your Emotions

It can be difficult to control emotions when you’re having a conversation with your loved one about their addiction. Feelings of anger, resentment, and confusion can all come into the mix. While these feelings are totally normal and understandable, they’re not going to help the situation or make your loved one feel more motivated to take action. If you do bring negative emotions into the conversation, you risk shutting your loved one down. They might start to get defensive and block out what you’re saying. This is why it’s so important to control your emotions and remain objective at all times. Be honest with them, by all means, and talk about how you feel and the tangible changes you’ve noticed with their drug abuse. At the same time, don’t let your feelings control the conversation. It may help to get a mediator involved or take part in family therapy sessions. This will help guide the conversation and keep everyone on track.

  1. Practice Self-Care

It can be difficult to watch a loved one struggle with substance abuse problems. The subsequent interventions and conversations can also be very draining. This is why it’s so important to continue to practice self-love and look after yourself during the whole process. You can’t help someone else if you’re own mental health or feelings aren’t 100% in check. You might find that going to a support group or group counseling session gives you a chance to de-stress and let go of your concerns and worries. Support groups exist all over the country, andhaving a space to talk to others who are going through a similar situation may also provide some comfort and inspiration.

No matter the circumstances, it’s always going to be challenging to convince someone to go to rehab. However, by incorporating the advice we’ve outlined above and coming to the discussion with facts and compassion, you’re more likely to get through to your loved one.

Luxury Rehab Center in Utah

Here at Cirque Lodge treatment center, we understand the devastating impact that substance addiction can have on an individual and their loved ones. That’s why we always approach each situation with love, care, and compassion. We cater to a wide range of conditions and addictions, including alcohol abuse and drug addiction. We also believe in a ‘whole person’ approach so will always take into account an individual’s unique needs and medical history to help draw up a personalized treatment program.

Ready to begin your recovery journey or simply want advice on how to help a loved one? Get in touch with our care team today who will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have and walk you through the admissions process.

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Director of National Business Development & Admissions Coordinator

I am a dedicated and passionate professional with extensive experience in business development Admissions and marketing. I have an incredible passion for showing others that there is a light at the end of this dark tunnel if someone truly wants it.
Being in recovery myself I understand the struggles of addiction and alcoholism. I Started this Career path in 2009. With multiple years of experience, I bring a multi-faceted approach and am always seeking new ways to make a difference in the lives of those I work with.

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As a Substance Abuse Motivational Speaker, Pastor, Peer Advocate, and Facilitator. Kim helps clients avoid relapse by understanding their triggers. Those people, places and things that can cause craving, as well as internal triggers like feelings, thoughts, or emotions. Kim also clients with identifying and building healthy relationships now that they’re clean and sober.

Kim’s background includes extensive experience as a motivational speaker and work in faith-based organizations helping youth and adults alike. He says he is motivated by giving back to the community, understanding, and not judging who she comes into contact with. Kim’s favorite quote is by Dr. Raymond Johnson: “The respect given to others rebounds to the giver to deny the scared in the Other is to deny it in oneself.”

Caty Burns


Caty graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minors in Counseling and History. Throughout her undergrad, she worked at the local CASA program, supporting volunteers advocating for children who had experienced abuse and neglect. Caty worked for seven years at a community mental health center (CMHC), partnering with children, adults, and families.

During those seven years, she taught life and coping skills as well as behavior management, provided case management and peer recovery services, and facilitated treatment teams that included the client, family, providers, and community members. I have also worked at an IOP providing group therapy services. She is currently working towards my Master of Social Work.

In her free time, Caty enjoys reading, especially historical fiction, spending time outdoors and having movie nights with her family. Disney World is her happy place, and she dreams of living among the elephants.

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Mental Health Therapist

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Megan Carmona, LMHC

Lead Therapist

Our Lead Therapist, Megan, is a bilingual Licensed Mental Health Counselor who specializes in working with adults who struggle with addiction, anxiety, depression, and trauma. As Lead Therapist, she provides individual, family, and group therapy sessions to our clients.  Megan says “I am very passionate about therapy, especially about supporting my clients in exploring their strengths and identity. My goal is to provide individuals with the tools that can help them achieve independence in coping with their challenges and facilitating personal development.” In her free time, Megan enjoys watching docu-series and playing video games with her family. Her dream is to own acres of land so she can care for vulnerable animals, especially old dogs, cats, and horses. 

Kristen Bensley

Primary Clinician

As Primary Clinician, Kristen works with all aspects of our clinical team, from case management to primary therapy.  She has broad experience working in the mental health field. Prior to joining our team at the Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic, Kristen was part of the team awarded the Evernorth Behavioral Health Center of Excellence Designation by Cigna. She says her motivation is to help people rediscover who they are and become excited about the future and all the possibilities life offers. Kristen’s favorite quote is: “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”

Ronn Daigle, MSW

Therapist, Utilization Review Clinician

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Ronn additionally earned a Master of Social Work degree in 2021 and is a current Registered Clinical Social Work Intern working toward licensure (LCSW). He describes himself as detail oriented, and solution focused.

Ronn says: “There is nothing more fulfilling than working with someone who doesn’t believe in himself or herself, and being there in the moment with them when the belief begins. We work with individuals who come to us at a point and time in their respective lives where they do not believe that change for others is possible; let alone for themselves…throughout the process they eventually come to a point where they realize that change is not only possible, but achievable.”

Erika Melecio, LMHC, MCAP, CEI

Assistant Clinical Director

Erika Melecio, LMHC, MCAP, CEI is the Assistant Clinical Director at Neuropsychiatric Addiction Clinic who specializes in the treatment of LGBTQ, addiction, as well as mental health disorders ranging from depression and anxiety, to Bipolar Disorder, trauma, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, and eating disorders. Erika utilizes a number of modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness amongst others. Erika has been in practice for close to a decade and has earned her license in Mental Health Counseling, as well as being a Master’s Certified Addiction Professional. Erika has worked with many individuals including couples counseling and family therapy, and is fluent in Spanish.
Throughout my years of practice, one of the things I enjoy helping people find is inner peace. Whether you are in the deepest parts of depression, overrun by your anxiety, controlled by your addiction, or there are certain issues in your life that are negatively impacting your ability to function, and have a happy, healthy life, maybe now is the time to talk about it. I am a big believer in empowerment, working hard in therapy, and utilizing different techniques to help you regain that inner peace that may have been lost along the way. I want to work with you as a team because with two people, absolutely everything is possible. I want to be there as a therapist, to help build you up, support you, but also help you be honest with yourself and accountable. At the end of the day, when all is said and done, my biggest goal for you is going to be simple….for you to no longer need my services. Why? Because if you no longer need my services, it means that you have regained your peace, you have regained your strength, you have regained your confidence. It means that you now have the tools to address any issues that try to derail you, and best of all, you will have the insight to overcome and thrive. So let’s begin this journey together, and get you to the place you want to be, emotionally, mentally, psychologically, and in your sobriety.

Aurelio Ayuso, MSW, LCSW, CAP, ICADC

Clinical Director

Aurelio has worked with those that suffer from the disease of addiction in adults and juveniles alike for over 10 years, beginning in the United States Navy where he proudly served for 20 years, working with those that were succumbed by addiction due to trauma and continuing his passion for helping those in need locally in Central Florida.

He specializes in both Addictions and Trauma, he has worked first as a therapist then as the clinical supervisor to both the Juvenile and Adult Drug Court programs in Brevard County. Aurelio has been instrumental in developing substance abuse treatment programs directly tailored to help those that also suffer from complex trauma due to their addiction. He has been recognized by several organizations for his forward thinking and ability to tailor treatment to individuals in the most restrictive environments.

Mr. Ayuso received his Graduate Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker as well as Certified Addictions Professional in the State of Florida, and Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor. Aurelio specializes in the treatment of Addiction, Trauma, and Abandonment using strength based strategies deeply rooted in Solution Focused, and Mindfulness Therapies. At the Neuropsychiatric Addiction Clinic he passionately develops holistic curriculums that foster the belief that through addressing the mind, body, and spirit together, the Disease of Addiction can be addressed successfully.

Robert Lehmann, MHSA

Chief Operating Officer

Bob Lehmann is the Chief Operating Officer at the Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic. He has a Master’s Degree in Human Services Administration with a concentration in Mental Health Administration and over twenty-five years of experience as a senior executive at addiction and mental health treatment facilities.

One of the reasons for his commitment to excellence in addiction treatment was his experience related to family members who suffered from the disease of addiction. Bob has been actively involved in community organizations throughout his career. Recently he was one of the founders of the Florida Addiction Treatment Coalition (FATC) and is its present Vice President. FATC was designed to bring together treatment executives in Florida to advocate on behalf of treatment facilities and the clients they serve adhering to a foundation of integrity and service excellence.

Jose R. Toledo, M.D.

Medical Director

A well-rounded and accomplished individual, Jose R. Toledo, M.D., is the Medical Director of Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic.

Dr. Toledo is a neurologist with 25 years of experience and has been in private practice since 1991 on the Treasure Coast of Florida. He completed his neurology training at the State University of New York and his Fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh in Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology.

He also completed 24 months of acute inpatient psychiatry at the Western Missouri Mental Health Center, University of Missouri in Kansas City. In 2008, Dr. Toledo participated in and was certified in the continuing medical education activity entitled “Buprenorphine and Office-Based Treatment of Opioid Dependence” from The Medical University of South Carolina during which began his quest to found and head Neuropsychiatric Addiction Clinic.

Dr. Toledo is a brain specialist with particular competence in addiction medicine and out-patient detoxification treatment and integrates the fields seamlessly. He is certified to prescribe Buprenorphine (Suboxone). He incorporates his background in neurology into the addiction field. Dr. Toledo is member/fellow of The American Medical Association, The Florida Medical Association and The American Society of Addiction Medicine