Support is Critical to Your Loved One in Out-of-State Rehab
When someone we love goes to treatment, a combination of emotions often washes over us. There is undoubtedly relief in seeing them getting help in an out-of-state rehab. But we’ll also miss our loved one and hope for their success. Watching someone you care about live with addiction is painful for several reasons. One of these is that we feel powerless to help sometimes. It’s true that recovery is a personal endeavor, but it is just as true that you can help an addicted person, even when they are in a substance abuse center out of state. Keep reading to learn how to support someone in rehab.
Love and Confidence
The first item on our list might sound like a no-brainer. But it’s easy to get so caught up in the emotions of the moment. We may forget about what the person going to that out-of-state rehab might be feeling. One of the best things you can do in the beginning is simply to remind them you care and that you believe in them. It really is that simple. A person going into treatment is likely to be nervous, doubtful and even ashamed. Remind them that going to rehab is a positive thing. Surrender isn’t the same thing as failure. Remember that optimism is contagious. They are going to rehab not because they failed, but so they can succeed, so chin up!
Preparation and Support
There’s always some preparation involved when heading to an out-of-state rehab. Arranging travel. Packing bags. Paying bills. Pets to look after and so on. You might help them make a list of what needs to be done before they depart for the substance abuse center. If you can help your loved one gather what they need to bring and pack for their trip, that can help relieve a lot of anxiety. Including some thoughtful items like family photos, mementos or a letter can bring comfort once your loved one is in treatment. Let them know you will make yourself available for scheduled phone calls too.
Education and Involvement
Participate in any family programs or therapy that are offered if you can. The best substance abuse centers generally want to engage family or loved ones in a patient’s recovery. Research shows family participation really helps. Learn what you can about addiction and any mental health disorders your loved one may have. Understanding will give you both peace of mind and the ability to help them. It also puts you in a better position to cope with the challenges ahead and communicate more effectively. Consider getting involved in a fellowship or support group yourself, especially if you live with or are very close to the person attending rehab out of state. You’ll find
Recovery in Out-of-State Rehab is a Process
Recovery is best thought of as a process that continues for life. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. With that in mind, you can do a lot to support the one you love before, during and after treatment. We hope this article was helpful and informative for you. Reach out to us if you have any questions at all about how to support someone in rehab or about substance use treatment in general. Promises Brazos Valley is here to help. Give us a call at (800) 393-0391