Whenever a loved one goes to rehab you may be at a loss for words or what to do when the time finally comes for them to return home. It is natural to be nervous and even frightened by this thought. Unless you have kept in close contact, you may not have any idea who is going to walk through your door. Whether or not they are true to staying sober following treatment, or have already made plans to go back out and use or drink again, try to minimize your expectations. Clear these thoughts from your head – erase every possible negative possibility. Have the hope and the faith that your loved one is returning home not only healthier, but happier than they have been in a long time.
When your loved one has returned home from treatment, you must be prepared to help with the continuance of a recovery lifestyle. You cannot expect them to jump right back into their regular routine which includes work or school. In the right time, they will regain the want and the need to return to their usual activities. Meanwhile, stay close with them and talk as often as possible while respecting their personal space. Pushing on too strong may lead to resentment or unneeded stress and may set them back in their recovery.
Your loved one has a whole new life to balance coming back home where it is not structured as it was in treatment. They may feel alone at first, as before they were surrounded by people who understood what they were going through. Try your best to be one of those people for them. Offer to drive or even to go to 12-step meetings with them, go over their aftercare program, or if possible find an addictions therapist that may be able to make the transition back home more manageable. In all, show your loved one that they can rely on you in this time of need and in the future.
While you should remain positive it is important to be realistic as well. Addiction treatment is not a cure but something to help give addicts a start towards recovery and a healthier lifestyle. Relapse is always something that is possible and it always best to be prepared if it were to happen. Be ready to offer support if relapse does happen. Assure your loved one it is something that happens to many people in recovery, and that they should not at all be discouraged by it. It is possible to recover from relapse and teaches you more than before, showing you what does and does not work as far as recovery goes.
If you have a loved one that you believe is struggling with drugs or alcohol, call Serenity Acres to speak to an addictions professional today, at 1-800-203-2024.