You may have concerns about what to do after a recovering addict returns home. Does this mean you have to hide the alcohol? Should you lock up the medicine cabinet? Do you need to be on guard to make sure he/she doesn’t start using again?
It can be a confusing time, especially if you aren’t an addict. But you need to know that you are essential in helping your loved one recover from addiction. By knowing what to do, you can assist your loved one in his/her recovery and help prevent a relapse from happening. Here’s a few things to keep in mind:
- It’s a lifelong process – Just because your loved one is no longer using doesn’t mean he/she is no longer an addict. Unfortunately, this disease lasts a lifetime and there is no cure.
- Help deal with the consequences of addiction – Although the addict has just completed treatment and they are no longer using, there is still a lot to take care of, such as financial difficulties and relationship issues. You can help heal these wounds by assisting him/her with creating a budget for their finances and attending a family-based therapy program, like Clearbrook’s Family Educational Program.
- Become educated – Take some time to learn about the recovery process and the changes you may need to make in your life. Again, a family therapy program may be beneficial for you and your loved one.
- Show your support – Be as supportive as you can. For instance, you should get rid of any intoxicating substances in your home. Find new activities to participate in such as playing golf or riding a bike.
- Keep yourself in mind – Sometimes we worry so much about our loved ones that we neglect to take care of ourselves. This can lead to resentment. So take a moment and think about yourself. Attend a support group for family members of recovering addicts.
- Reduce stress for you and your loved one – Stress can lead to old habits. You need to find a new way to deal with stressful situations such as family issues, work problems, or money woes. Consider meditation or exercise as a healthy way to get rid of your stress.
Remember, a caring, supportive environment will help your loved one continue on the road to recovery. And if you need a lending hand, we’re here for you. Contact Clearbrook Treatment Centers and get the help you need.