What should I do when my family member is in rehab?
Asked: 2018-10-31 19:24:49
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. :)
Terry White LMSW (Guest User)
Answered: 2019-01-31 18:34:02