Treatment for addiction is of two kinds, depending on the degree of addiction. An addict can, therefore, be treated as an outpatient, if the symptoms are not very severe. In more serious cases, treatment as an inpatient in a rehab center is a must. No addict, generally, admits that he is an addict and therefore, will be reluctant to see a doctor for treatment and counseling. It, therefore, becomes necessary that close family members and friends should prevail upon him to see reason and make him aware of the condition he has reached and to see a doctor for proper treatment. As an inpatient or an outpatient the addict will pose a problem because he will be reluctant to take the medicines and also to sit for counseling.
Force cannot make the addict remain in treatment but loving family members like wife and children can talk to him affectionately without showing any sign of the resentment they might feel for causing so much anguish to all of them. There is nothing like love and affection, which can move any person mentally and the addict is no exception. A lot of persuasion with kind words can only help in this matter. The person will remain in treatment so long as that the atmosphere around him is full of love and affection, and he feels a useful member of the family.
The key element in keeping the patient in treatment is not to provoke him with unkind words, though the temptation might be great because of the suffering. Patience, understanding, the welfare of the family, and the good of the patient, etc. are all matters that will help in making the patient remain in treatment so that he transforms himself into a useful member of society.