It’s vital that family and friends of recovering addicts motivate them to attend outpatient rehab and continue living a substance-free life.
How To Support Loved Ones During Outpatient Rehabilitation
Recovering from an addiction is a lifelong process that takes commitment, determination and continuous support. Outpatient drug rehab is essential for individuals who have recently started their recovery and is often recommended following a inpatient drug rehab program. Outpatient rehab centers can help recovering addicts maintain long-term sobriety. It’s also important that family and friends of recovering addicts motivate them to continue living a substance-free life. And there are quite a few ways you can help show your full support while your loved one is transitioning back to daily life and attending outpatient drug treatment.
When a loved one is going through outpatient rehab, one of the best things you can do to support them is to educate yourself. It can be easy to think you know what addiction is like, but unless you’ve been through it yourself, it is actually hard to imagine.
Different types of addictions have different risks and prognoses. To put it plainly: each individual’s addiction is unique, and the first step to supporting them is to understand the characteristics of the addiction your loved one is working to overcome. By learning about common symptoms of their particular addiction, physical and mental health risks, common myths and how you can identify relapse, you’ll be better prepared to support and encourage your loved one in the way they need.
Staying sober is a life-long journey. While your loved one is going through inpatient treatment, and then outpatient drug rehab, it will take the full support of friends and family to stay on the path of sobriety. Start by actively listening to your loved one’s victories, speed bumps and struggles. You should accept your loved one without judgement. Many recovering addicts feel judged by family and friends. Try to refrain from criticism and negativity as much as possible.
Another way to encourage sobriety is by creating a substance-free environment to protect a recovering addict. One of the biggest predictors of long-term recovery is whether or not users live in drug-free environments. Simply remove any and all drug paraphernalia and encourage your loved one to stay away from places that might tempt them to relapse. Suggest healthy habits like cooking, exercise and playing games. These are all positive, substance-free activities recovering addicts can do with their loved ones.
Encourage your loved one to join a support group at their outpatient drug treatment center, where they can interact with other recovering addicts while receiving additional encouragement. Be patient and understand that recovery is a long and complicated process. People make mistakes, and it’s important that your loved one knows you’ll still support them when they mess up.
Following inpatient rehab treatment, it is vital that your loved one’s transition back into the “real” world be as easy and stress free as possible. There are some easy ways you can help your loved one feel safe and supported.
Make sure that you’re keeping lines of communication open. Honesty is essential. Don’t be afraid to talk; saying that you don’t understand or you don’t know what to do is better than saying nothing at all. Remember that conversations will get better and deeper; give it time.
Don’t take everything personally. In the early stages following an inpatient rehab stay, family and friends may not be a main priority for your loved one. Meetings and counseling sessions take precedence over family game night, and that’s how it should be. The focus is on getting sober, and this will only help to strengthen the family unit in the long run.
Make sure your loved one feels, well, loved. Getting sober often means losing some of the “friends” they used to party with, so your loved one may feel alone at times. Let them know that you love and care about them by taking an active role in their life. Try taking up a hobby or activity together. The experience will benefit both of you.
Stay on the Path to Recovery With Our Outpatient Drug Treatment
The early stages of recovery can be both exciting and overwhelming for a newly sober person. But at Daylight Recovery Services, our focus is to help your loved one stay on the long-term path to sobriety.
Our outpatient drug treatment is appropriate for anyone who needs a less intensive treatment program after completing drug detoxification and/or inpatient drug rehab. Daylight Recovery Services offers several outpatient treatment programs for a variety of needs including alcoholism, other forms of substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders. Contact Daylight Recovery Services today to start the journey to sobriety.