How to Get Someone Committed to Drug Rehabilitation

By Joshua Kinser ; Updated July 27, 2017

Drug rehabilitation facilities provide support, counseling and therapy for individuals with a serious drug addiction. Getting someone committed to a drug therapy program can be extremely difficult, whether it is getting someone to follow a drug rehabilitation program or getting someone committed against their will. There are important steps that should be taken when confronting someone with a drug addiction. Individuals with severe drug addiction are usually unstable, unpredictable and prone to becoming violent when forced into a drug rehabilitation program. Ensure your own safety before attempting to commit someone to a drug rehabilitation facility.

Confront the drug addict. Before an intervention takes place it is important to confront the drug addict individually. Sometimes the drug addict may become embarrassed and commit to joining a drug rehabilitation program. Usually a drug addict will deny the accusations and accuse the confronter of betrayal and distrust. Be prepared for difficult, irrational and sometimes violent reactions when confronting drug addicts.

Confront the drug addict and attempt an intervention. In an intervention, family and friends will express support and love for the drug addict while pointing out the pain and harm the individual's drug addiction has caused to family and friends. Several interventions may need to take place before the individual is convinced to join a drug program.

Bring the individual to the rehabilitation center. A drug addict with severe addiction will often lie about attending a drug rehabilitation program to alleviate family and friend’s concern and continue using drugs. It is important to accompany the drug addict and physically walk them through the steps of being admitted to the drug rehabilitation center. Drug addicts may need emotional and physical support while checking in. Supporting the drug addict through the check-in process can help ensure they admit themselves.

Commit the drug addict against their will. Children under the age of eighteen can be admitted to a drug rehabilitation facility against their will and legally contained throughout the treatment facility in most states. However, if you are dealing with an individual over the age of eighteen it is extremely difficult in most states to admit someone against their will. Exceptions are made for individuals that have attempted suicide or can be proven to be a danger to themselves or others around them. It is also possible to have someone committed to a mental health program against their will if they are deemed mentally ill. In most cases, though, it is extremely difficult to get someone committed to a drug rehabilitation center against their will.


Research drug rehabilitation facilities online before committing to a program. There are many different approaches to drug rehabilitation that include behavioral counseling, drug therapy and combination of the two. Finding the right approach to drug addiction rehabilitation for each individual is necessary to the success of the program.


Most drug addicts relapse and end up using drugs again. It may require committing an individual to a drug rehabilitation program several times before they stop using drugs once and for all.

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