By guiding your loved one to an inpatient drug rehab center, you’ve already begun to encourage them on their path to recovery.
How To Support Loved Ones During Inpatient Drug Rehabilitation
Has someone you love chosen to enter an inpatient drug rehab center? Then there’s hope, real honest-to-goodness hope. for a brighter future. But it can be difficult for friends and family of someone with an abuse problem. Once they’ve entered a residential treatment facility, you may feel helpless; unable to see, touch or support your loved one.
But in reality, by guiding your loved one to an inpatient drug rehab center, you’ve already begun to support and encourage them on their path to recovery. It’s been shown that family involvement and support of an addict while they’re in rehab encourages treatment completion, improves family and social functioning, and reduces the chances of relapse. And there are more ways than you may realize to show full support for loved ones’ sobriety while they’re in residential rehab centers.
It can be extremely difficult to fully understand addiction and be able to relate to your loved one. Unless you’ve dealt with addiction personally, it can be hard to fully comprehend the all-encompassing hold addiction can have on a person. The first way you can support your loved one while they’re in residential rehab is by educating yourself.
Each individual’s addiction is unique. Start by learning about common symptoms of your loved one’s particular addiction, myths about addiction, the physical and mental health risks, and how you can identify relapse, should it come to that.
You should also educate yourself on the ins and outs of the residential substance abuse treatment facility and why contact with friends and family is limited. Many facilities try to minimize contact with the outside world for a period of time in the beginning of treatment, so guests can better focus on detoxing and taking the first steps toward sobriety.
Once your loved one is allowed to contact you, it may take them a while to do so. Don’t take it personally. They may be experiencing shame, fear or guilt, or all three. When they do reach out, discuss with your loved one the best things to talk about in order to be the most supportive.
There will be various times during your loved one’s stay for family counseling sessions or visits. You should always make yourself available and visit whenever it’s permissible. This shows that you’re in full support of the addict’s path to sobriety.
During the first month at residential substance abuse treatment centers, there’s also usually a family day where family members are invited to spend time at the facility with their loved one. If possible, you should try to participate in family day. Your presence alone is a sign of support and you’ll also learn more about what treatment involves and ways you can help and be even more supportive.
We know family day can be an emotional experience, but try to remember that ultimately, it’s about the addict, not you. While you’re allowed to express your concerns, ask questions and learn more about addiction and treatment, this is not a therapy session. Keep the overall goal in mind and simply be there, emotionally and physically for your loved one. Which leads us to the third way you can support your loved one while they’re in inpatient drug rehab.
You need to fully understand the importance of family involvement to recovery and how it relates to residential treatment centers. Obviously, the majority of the hard work of recovery needs to be carried out by the addict, but the importance of a strong support system of family and friends is vital.
Another way to show that you understand what the recovering individual is going through and that you care is by providing constant encouragement. When you offer emotional support, you can help your loved one recover by making sure they know they’re not alone.
By educating yourself and participating in your loved one’s road to recovery, you will better understand the addiction, how to avoid enabling behaviors, and how you and your loved one can heal from the hurt and pain of addiction.
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At Daylight Recovery Services, our focus is your loved one. With our inpatient drug rehab program, we’ll get to the root of the substance abuse issues and guide your loved one toward long-term recovery. Contact Daylight Recovery Services today to start on the path to sobriety.