Addiction can affect anyone regardless of gender, economic status, educational background, or life experience. So when it hits close to home and impacts a loved one, it’s understandable that you’ll want to do everything within your power to support them through their road to recovery, even as they’re in a treatment facility.
One study even shows that up to 10% of the adult population in the United States will struggle with addiction at some point.
Of course, providing support when you’re not constantly around them can prove challenging. However, there are still several things you can do to make a healthier future for your loved one.
Keep reading as we explore some of the ways you can help a loved one throughout their time at a rehab facility.
Find the Best Treatment Facility Together
You don’t have to wait until your loved one enters a residential treatment facility to start supporting them on their journey to a healthier lifestyle. On the contrary, a helping hand and some input can make a world of difference.
Once your loved one expresses interest in seeking treatment, find information on top rated treatment options. When you’ve found several options, compare and contrast to find the best fit.
Make sure to account for factors like insurance, location, and accreditation.
Find Emotional Support for Yourself
Your loved one isn’t the only one who needs support. Addiction is tough on friends and family, too.
You may feel guilt, sadness, or even anger over your loved one’s addiction. Though it’s perfectly natural to feel this way, navigating those feelings in a healthy fashion can be a challenge.
One of the best things you can do for yourself is to find someone to talk to about what you’re going through. Whether it’s a professional therapist or a trusted friend, having a confidant makes a world of difference.
Supporting someone during their time at a specialized treatment facility takes more than kind words. It takes understanding and a desire to empathize.
While you may not ever be able to fully understand what your loved one is going through, researching addiction can help you learn more about their experiences and challenges. Find scholarly sources on addiction and read everything you can.
This is another reason why it’s helpful to talk to a professional. Many counselors see patients with addiction troubles and are well-versed in the recovery process. They can help you understand what your loved one is going through and how you can help.
Establish Healthy Post-Treatment Habits
Supporting your loved one through treatment is important, but keep in mind that sobriety is an ongoing process. A person’s recovery is never ‘finished,’ per se.
As their time in treatment comes to a close, think of how you can help them once they’re home. That could mean attending treatment meetings with them, listening when they’ve had a bad day or taking up a new hobby together.
The healthiest habit, though, is setting up proper boundaries so you can remain supportive without enabling your loved one.
Supporting Your Loved One as They Battle Addiction
Support means helping your loved one through every step of the process, from finding a treatment facility to establishing guidelines for sobriety.
Please remember to take care of yourself, as well. Your health and well-being matter!
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