What to do When A Loved One Doesn’t Want Help For a Substance Use Disorder

What to do When A Loved One Doesn’t Want Help For a Substance Use Disorder

In 2021, 46.3 million people had a substance use disorder (SUD) but 4.2 million did not seek out treatment. It can be difficult for family and friends to come to terms with a loved one who doesn’t want help with their addiction, especially when they see the person struggling.

Whether they think they don’t have a problem or simply don’t think treatment will work, there are things you can do to encourage them to get help. By understanding the reasons why they might not want to seek out treatment and methods to encourage them to get support for their SUD, you may be able to persuade them to take the first step forward on the path to long-term sobriety.