HELP! I can’t decide on a recovery program for my family member.

This can be such a hopeful and stressful time in your life. You’ve possibly had quite a few conversations in the past with your loved one about finally getting help. Some have gone terrible and ended in arguments and others have shown glimmers of hope. Today is one of those days. They have finally acknowledged that they are ready to get help.

You sit down at the computer, open your internet browser, pull up google, and type the words “Drug Rehab” as you start to search for a location to send your family member.

You’re, undoubtedly, immediately faced with a variety of options as your sort through all the different programs that are available.

  • Inpatient

  • Outpatient

  • Short Term

  • Long Term

  • Transitional Living

  • Faith Based Alternatives

How can anyone possibly look through all of these options and make a wise decision?

Which one will be right for my family member?

Take a second right now and just breathe.

There are plenty of amazing options out there for your loved one to get help. Don’t allow the stress you are feeling right now to allow you to create another crisis while you are dealing with the crisis already at-hand.

It’s also important you don’t allow your self to get so-trapped into finding the “perfect program” that you suffer with what we call “paralysis of analysis”. You know, where we spend so much time examining all the different options that we leave ourselves torn from ever making a decision.

Let me leave you with a few tips that will help clarify your decision.

  1. Create a short list of options.

Start with a few of the programs that caught your eye. In this day and internet age, the details you find on the organization’s website matter!

Did you come across anything that caught your eye about a particular program?

Do they clearly outline the program structure, program staff, etc?

2.   Take the time to call and speak to Admissions Representatives to get your questions answered before making a decision.

When you get a hold of someone, they should be confident in the program they are offering you. If the individual comes off like they are trying to make a “hard sell” then you might want to look somewhere else. This is an important decision and the reality is that not every program you call will be a great fit for your loved one. A good Admissions Representative will know when their program is right for you, but they will also not be afraid to refer you elsewhere to fit your specific needs.

3. Stick to your decision

Once you finally make your decision, it is time you follow through. It’s important as we provide our support that we don’t allow bad behavior from our loved ones to dictate the circumstances. They need to be wiling to commit, but if they seem to vacillate between options, it’s very possible they could just be stalling to avoid going. Consider creating a firm “Family Resolution” as you make a decision and hold your loved on accountable to that decision only.

4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

If all else fails, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

A great scripture on this topic is found in James 1:5, “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.”

This is a big decision so take a few moments today to quiet yourself before God and ask Him to help you make the choice. His desire is to give you wisdom.

If you’re still finding yourself indecisive, our Admissions Representative will be happy to speak with you. You can schedule at time to speak with them by clicking on our Find Help Now form.

Stay encouraged and good luck as you find the right program for your family!!