7 Best Ways to Prepare for Someone Coming Home from Rehab
When your loved one comes home from rehab, take the following actions to ensure her recovery:
- Prepare a safe place for your loved one – Returning home from rehab is an exciting time, but it is also a time when recovering users are most vulnerable to renewed drug abuse. Drug addicts get clean during rehab by receiving continuous treatment and attention, so returning to the real world can be jarring as all of that treatment comes to a screeching halt. This lack of treatment and having access to drugs and alcohol can be overwhelming for someone fresh out of rehab.
- Be open with your loved one and set boundaries – When your loved one returns home from addiction treatment, you should have an open conversation about his substance abuse. Let him know the consequences should he return to abusing drugs or alcohol. Relapse is a real danger for any user, but you cannot support him should he fall back into a routine of substance abuse, as this act will only enable addiction. Let your loved one know where the line is, and encourage him to come to you for help if he is struggling with cravings or thoughts of relapse.
- Welcome your loved one back after rehab ends – One of the best ways you can help your loved one return home from rehab is by treating her normally, and making her feel welcome now that she is back. For a recovering addict, returning to normal life can be scary, because she cannot be sure how people view her now that her stint in rehab is common knowledge. Let your loved one know you are proud of her, and how happy you are to see her sober, as these words will support and encourage recovery in a way she needs.
- Encourage your loved one to continue treatment – Some people think that addiction recovery is complete after a user attends rehab, but addiction never truly goes away. Because addiction endures once treatment ends, users should remain involved in some form of care even after rehab ends to keep drug abuse at bay. Continued treatment is often referred to as aftercare, and it may consist of support groups, individual therapy or other forms of treatment.
- Help your loved one find new hobbies – Many addicts fill their time with substance abuse and drug-seeking behaviors, so they often need new hobbies to occupy their time when they get sober. The period immediately following rehab is an easy time for a recovering user to relapse, and too much free time can be bad for recovery. Involve your loved one in some of your favorite hobbies, or encourage him to take up a class or new hobby.
- Include your loved one in social plans – Recovering users can find it difficult to adjust socially after rehab ends, because many of their friends were probably involved in substance abuse as well. Making new friends that do not promote drug or alcohol abuse can seem daunting, so you should include the user in your group of friends to help her begin meeting new people.
- Be available to talk if your loved one needs it – Constantly bringing up your loved one’s addiction in conversation may be harmful, but lending an ear when he is going through a tough time can be invaluable. For an addict, simply having someone there to listen and help cope with the stress of addiction recovery can be powerful. Let your loved one know that you are always there if he needs someone to talk to.
If you have the right mindset, you can promote addiction recovery.
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