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Getting the One You Love into Medical Detox

If you’re reading this now that means someone you love probably needs a medical detox and addiction treatment. You’re in the right place if you’re looking for help to get someone into medical detox. We will not tell you that it’s easy or simple, sometimes it can be a serious struggle. What we can say is that we’ve provided thousands of people with a safe, comfortable medical detox and a full course of treatment beyond it. We’ve also worked with hundreds of family members and friends of people who needed a medical detox. We hope our words will help give you hope and courage to keep moving. We’ll also try our best to answer your most pressing questions about getting help for addiction.

Watching someone you care about destroy themselves certainly ranks as one of life’s most frustrating experiences. It can be absolutely heartbreaking when you know someone needs medical detox and treatment and that they might even die if they don’t get it. Desert Rose Detox wants you to know that while this may feel like a hopeless situation you have more power than you know. The fact that you’re here and reading these words means that you care enough to take action and that’s a big deal, because taking action is what recovery is all about.

There’s Real Hope in Recovery

Here’s a fact that should give you cause for hope. Medical detox and drug treatment is more effective now than it has ever been before. You read that right. While the battle against addiction is far from won, addiction treatment and medical detox are saving more lives today than ever before. Evidence-based treatment is one of the biggest reasons why. A revolution of sorts in alcohol and drug treatment has created a laser-like focus on the evidence-based treatment model.

Evidence-based addiction treatment is just what it sounds like. Treatment for addiction, based on evidence. A truly evidence-based treatment program like Desert Rose Medical Detox, uses methods that are proven effective by clinical research. For too long, alcohol and drug rehabs have had to rely on a limited understanding of not only the mechanism of addiction in the brain. It has taken decades of addiction research in both the private and public sector, but we have a solid understanding now of what treatment methods really deliver results.

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Real Help for Real Problems

Put simply, the Desert Rose Detox evidence-based addiction treatment model leaves nothing to chance. No empty promises or reliance on feel-good sayings with no definitive action to back them up. We mean business. No medical detox or treatment center can promise 100% recovery 100% of the time for 100% of their clients, obviously. What we can promise is a safe and comfortable medical detox for your loved one complete with psychotherapy, massage, chiropractic and healthy meals prepared by our chef.

What About Someone Who Doesn’t Want Help?

We get this question a lot. So, what can you do to help someone who doesn’t want help? The first thing to know is that nobody who is caught in the throes of addiction truly doesn’t want help. More often than not what that person is really telling you is that they are afraid to stop using or drinking. They may be afraid of uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Or they may be afraid of the thoughts that will come to torment them when their mind is clear and sober. It could be facing the consequences of their actions or living with the echoing effects of trauma they haven’t been able to properly process.The best thing you can do is to keep communication open. Avoid blame or shame. Tell them you are ready to help them the minute they say they’ll go. Tell them this more than once. Don’t pressure them or guilt trip them but do let them get sick of hearing you say it. Never let there be any question that you’re ready to help them stop their nightmare. They should feel safe coming to you with that request for help, anytime. If they are willing, have them talk to us about the medical detox process. No pressure from us to get help, we’ll just answer their questions. For many people, just having the facts and knowing what to expect alleviates a lot of that fear.

Do’s and Don’ts

Here are some do’s and don’ts for you when interacting with a person who needs medical detox and treatment but says they’re not sure they’re ready or offering resistance.


  • Listen to what they say and keep communication open.
  • Tell them you love them. Then tell them again and make sure they know you mean it.
  •  Be a safe place for them to talk or seek love and comfort.
  •  Let them know their situation is serious and you are worried, but you don’t want an apology, the best apology they can give you is accepting help and being willing to try.
  • Consider a professional intervention if the situation is serious and there seems no end in sight other than tragedy. Give us a call regarding intervention, we can help advise you about where to go. 


  • Don’t blame, shame or guilt trip them into going to addiction treatment.
  • Do not enable them by giving them cash or paying their bills (unless it’s directly related to getting them addiction treatment or to save their life)
  • Don’t threaten them or use anger as a weapon to coerce them.
  • Do not ‘cosign’ their BS. This means, be honest with them. Don’t be unnecessarily critical, but if they say, “Hey I’ve really screwed my life up” and they have, it’s OK to agree with them. Don’t say “nah, you’ll be fine”. Instead say “Yes, your life is pretty screwed up right now, but I know you can fix it if you accept the help, we’re offering you”.

Addiction Recovery is About Action

Addiction recovery requires action more than thinking. Too much thinking gets in the way if anything. If deep thinking and brooding was all that was required to recover, places like Desert Rose Recovery wouldn’t exist. The first action your loved one needs to take is to get out of their own way. Just accept help and summon whatever willingness they have to go with the flow. They don’t have to “figure it out”. They just have to surrender and trust and we willing to do what they are told by the people trying to save their life. (That’s you and us). That really is all there is to it in the beginning. Don’t let them overthink it. Be like a broken record telling them to ‘say YES’ to accepting help. Tell them they are going to feel better the minute they say ‘Yes, I’ll accept help’ because it’s the truth.

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