Getting Your Loved One Into Treatment

Individuals who are actively addicted will rarely decide to get help on their own (it does happen, but not often).  Typically addicts need encouragement by family, an employer or the legal system to begin the journey of recovery.  Mn Adult & Teen Challenge has a variety of services designed to help your loved one be successful, but often the hardest step is getting them to agree to get help.

This page is designed to give you some ideas about how you can help your loved one begin to access the services that will help him or her succeed.

A Comprehensive Range of Services

MNTC has a variety of services with different levels of intensity.  All our residential services integrate a faith-based approach and include mental health support for clients that require it.  Here is a list of our services:

  • Clinical Assessment: A two hour meeting with the client and concerned others designed to determine how serious the problems is, what level of care is required to manage it and funding options for treatment.
  • Outpatient Treatment: A six week program that meets three evenings a week. Designed for clients who are employed and highly motivated to abstain from drugs and alcohol.
  • Residential Co-Occurring Short Term Treatment: Residential services that range from 14-90 days.  Designed for clients with a history of failed prior outpatient treatments or other factors which would suggest that outpatient would not be effective. Clients have the option of participating in our Christian Track.  Clients who complete ST treatment can also be considered for our Long-Term Program.  Our ST program is designed to make the LT program appear attractive and many clients who initially had no intention of attending LT decide to go.
  • Long Term Program: Is a 13 month Faith-Based residential program.  Clients who come to MNTC to complete Long Term program typically start in our Short Term Program and their time in Short Term counts toward the 13 months.
  • TCLI/Transitional Housing: Clients who complete our Long Term Program are eligible to attend our TCLI or Transitional Housing programs which focus on spiritual development, employment and relational skills in a less supervised setting then our Long Term Program.

Choosing the Best Option

While you may feel your loved one needs residential treatment (and you are probably correct), you may have difficulty convincing them to start at that level of care.  Also, sometimes insurance won’t pay for residential care unless there is a documented clinical need for it.   A very helpful first step is to convince your loved one to have a “Clinical Assessment”.   The Clinical Assessment is a meeting with the client, an MNTC addiction counselor, yourself and perhaps other concerned persons.  The counselor would interview the client with input from family about their substance use and ultimately determine the following:

  • Does the individual meet criteria for a substance use problem?
  • If so how significant is the problem? (mild, moderate or severe)
  • What level of care would be recommended?
  • What are the insurance options for treatment payment?

Importance of Being Ready for Help

Once the recommendation is made, it’s up to the individual to agree to it.  We can’t force people into treatment or force them to stay.  Sometimes someone will refuse to go to residential care, but will agree to go to outpatient.  In this case there should be an understanding by the individual and family that if they fail in outpatient, they will agree to inpatient.  A contract can be signed to agree to these terms.  The contract is not legally binding; it is just a way to create some accountability.

If a person is unwilling to come to the Clinical Assessment you have a couple of other options.  One is to hire an interventionist to help coordinate an intervention.  Interventions can work, but they are expensive and not covered by insurance.

Another option is to consider what if any leverage you have with your loved one and use that leverage to either get them to go to treatment or the Clinical Assessment.   Examples of leverage might be ending certain financial arrangements you have with them or limiting contact with grandkids until they get help.

Sometimes you have leverage and often times you don’t.  What’s always important is that whenever you address your concerns with your loved one you are doing it in a kind and caring way.  Addiction often can create anger and hostility in family relationships, and if we express our concerns while angry it can have the opposite of the desired effect.

If your loved one does agree to some type of MNTC service, call 612-FREEDOM (373-3366) to set up an appointment

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