Addict rehabilitation centres have many programs in place that help prepare their patients for returning home and back to reality. But this doesn’t change the fact that it will still be a very vulnerable time for your loved one. Your support could play an integral role in their overall recovery.
Prepare The Home
If you live with someone returning from an addict rehabilitation centre, one of the best things you can do is remove all temptation from your home. Any reminders of their past addictions could act as triggers to them. Remove any traces of their addiction of choice and any paraphernalia that goes along with it.
Realise That Things Will Be Different
While you may be excited to have your family member back, you need to realise that things will take a while to return to normal. They will more than likely have been given a range of self-care exercises such as journaling and self-reflection. Friends and family members of recovering addicts often mistake this period of self-care of one of selfishness. It’s important to remember to give your loved one the time they need to heal and adjust. It is also important to put healthy boundaries in place so that you don’t enable them in any way or create a toxic environment.
You should try and establish an open line of communication with your loved one. Your loved one may feel ashamed to express some of the things they are feeling, but with open communication, you’ll be able to understand more of what they’re going through and be able to support them more effectively.
Get The Support That YOU Need
When someone in your life suffers from substance abuse, it can be very stressful and challenging, especially when you care deeply about them. One of the best things that you can do is ensure that you are getting the support you need and gaining perspective on your situation. You can do this by going to group sessions or one-on-one counselling. Also, remember that there is no shame in asking for help when you need it.
At The Cedars, we understand just how daunting it can be to start living a life that is free from substance abuse, and we are here to help you.
Feel free to call our friendly team to discuss how we can get you on the road to recovery through the expert services we offer at our addict rehabilitation centre.