Watching a loved one cope with an addiction is harrowing, but when rehabilitation programs come along, you are extremely grateful for the help they provide to your spouse, family member or friend. After rehabilitation though, you may be worried that your loved one is going to revert to her old ways.
Discover the Plan
Although healthcare laws are generally going to prevent you from finding out any information about the person’s health history, you can talk with the individual to find out what the plan involves upon leaving the rehabilitation facility. Even though you might think you know exactly what to do, leaving this type of work to the experts is for the best. Then, you will know the strategies, methods and techniques your loved one is to use on the road to recovery, and you can be there to support those habits.
Offer Tangible Support
Before your loved one leaves the rehabilitation facility, find out if any sessions or events exist that you can attend with her. For example, you might be able to go to one of the counseling sessions if the person and the facility are okay with it, or maybe you can attend a social gathering to provide support to your family member or friend. This step might not be possible. However, if your loved one sees that you are physically there, then you can show that you are going to be there to help her make it through.
Prepare to Forgive
Prior to the person going into the rehabilitation facility, she might have wronged you in some way. These situations could have left you feeling a great deal of anger and resentment, but if you really want to help the person, you are going to have to seriously consider forgiveness. Failure to forgive is going to put up, or keep up, a barrier between the two of you. You do not need to forget about what happened or leave yourself open to hurt, but you can agree to move on from the experience.
Find Something Fun to Do
When your loved one leaves rehabilitation, she is going to be starting over again in so many ways. A lot of stress can build up from recovering out there in the real world and having to deal with certain responsibilities and obligations. Work with your loved one to carve out some time where you just have fun. The two of you could join a volleyball team together, or you could play board games with other friends every week on a certain night. Whatever the hobby is, make sure it does not integrate drugs and/or alcohol.
Don’t Expect Perfection
Your loved one is probably going to have days when she is exhausted or when everything just seems to be overbearing. You cannot expect perfection from your loved one, and you must recognize that these feelings are a part of the process. Make sure you are alert to signs that your loved one could be relapsing, and help the individual get the proper assistance. Recognize that sometimes, your spouse, family member or friend is just going to need someone to talk to without hearing judgment or criticism.
Avoiding addiction relapse is aided by the help of a support system. When you are there for your loved one, and when you give us a call to see the ways in which we can help, you can assist in carving out a pathway to a better and happier life.