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Helping a Loved One through Recovery

If your friend, spouse, partner, or family member enrolls in a drug rehab program, it’s only the first step in the journey to recovery. To help ensure your loved one’s successful and lasting recovery, it’s imperative that you become involved in the process. Here are a few things you can do to help.

1.) Be positive. It’s a long road to recovery and there can be twists, turns, and roadblocks along the way. But it’ll help both you and your loved one if you remain positive, hope for the best, and always keep the ultimate goal in mind.

2.) Be there. Anyone going through recovery needs a network of supportive people to lean on, so making yourself available is one of the most helpful things you can do.

3.) Be patient. Recovery doesn’t happen overnight, and your loved one will likely be dealing with withdrawal symptoms, doubt, anxiety, and fear. Remaining patient and as cool and collected as possible will set a good example for your loved one and make him or her feel more comfortable and safe in your presence.

4.) Attend meetings. Most rehabilitation programs offer family services, either where family members meet with the patient to discuss their feelings and the patient’s progress, or where family members meet on their own for support. Both are extremely valuable.

5.) Create a safe space. If your loved one lives with you or visits your home often, you’ll want to make sure your home is free of alcohol and drugs. This might mean changing your own habits, but helping to save the life of your loved one is worth it.

Posted on June 1st, 2009

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