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What should I do when my family member is in rehab?

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Asked: 2018-10-31 19:24:49
I have a family member in rehab and I was just wondering if there is anything I need to do.


Answered: 2018-11-14 01:32:36

Steven, When a loved one goes to rehab it can be hard to know what to do, you may feel powerless and that is completely normal. The best thing to do would be to participate in any family learning activities that the treatment program offers. Sometimes a counselor or case manager will reach out to immediate family and share with them the relapse prevention plan or other details that would be helpful, they can only do this with permission from the person in treatment. I did find a great article that really sums up what to expect, you can find it here. https://abtrs.com/news/preparing-to-welcome-home-recovered-loved-one-1


Answered: 2018-11-15 17:48:51

This is a good time to take a deep breath and seperate yourself from the chaos your family member likely created. Use this moment to separate the addiction from your family member in your own mind as well. Addiction is a disease and rehab is treatment of the disease. Keep in mind that your family member is still in there somewhere and needs your help to overcome the addiction. Your role is to take care of yourself and then support your loved one through his or her sobriety efforts as much as you can. It can be a bumpy road but with your support, it'll be easier for him or her to come through and live out the rest of his life happy and healthy. Take it from someone who knows. :)


Answered: 2019-01-31 18:34:02

Travis and Tiffany are spot on with their suggestions. I have a couple things to add. While your loved one is in rehab, learn a little bit about the difference of enabling and support your loved one in recovery. To encourage your loved one to remain living a life of sobriety learn about healthy boundaries and 12 step programs and effective communication between you and your loved one. I also recommend you consider seeing a therapist for yourself if their active addiction was taxing on your relationship. The worst thing that could happen would be for you and your loved one to have resentment and ill-feelings toward each other. Consider exploring Al-anon meetings so that you yourself have a strong support system. Al-anon or support groups for the family of an addicted loved one provide support, resources, knowledge, ect. If at all possible consider a sober living for your loved one when they get out of treatment. Having your loved one go straight into a sober living from rehab. Sober livings offer them the routine learned in rehab for their first year in recovery. They can get the support they need by those who have years of sobriety under their belt. Hope this helped Steven. Good Luck to you and your loved one.

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