Watching a loved one suffer because of alcohol addiction can be agonizing. Although many people stage interventions for their friends or family members to persuade them to enter alcohol rehab, the choice is inevitably left up to the individual. While the entire rehab process is primarily to benefit the addict, their loved ones also play an important part in how successful treatment is and whether relapse is likely.
Some rehab facilities include family therapy in their treatment options while others advise against it. Regardless of your beliefs or your place in the person’s life, there is no denying that your understanding of what to do and situations to avoid will help their transition after rehab to be a more successful one.
Residential Vs Outpatient
One of the advantages of residential rehab facilities is that they offer the recovering addict a safe, supportive place to stay away from the influences of addiction. For those who simply can’t afford inpatient facilities or who can’t devote all of their time to treatment, having a safe and loving environment at home is the only alternative. To accomplish this, the family must be willing to make changes that will remove influences that could derail their rehab efforts. In other words, no drinking in front of them and, preferably, keeping alcohol out of the house. Even if family members are responsible in their drinking habits, they will need to refrain from drinking in the home environment.
If the person opts for residential treatment, there are still some steps you can take to help. Be available if family counselling is offered and visit whenever the facility allows. No matter how much support they have inside the facility, it is important for them to know that those they are closest to are supporting them.
Be Willing to Listen
If the person feels like talking, make it easy for them. Always be willing to lend an ear and let them get the feelings out that could otherwise cause them to look for comfort in alcohol. Keep in mind that they are not looking for advice; just a friendly shoulder to lean on.
Don’t be judgmental or condemn them for their alcoholism. Keep in mind that it is a disease, not a choice. Once they have made the decision to go through alcohol rehab, their challenge is just getting started. The hardest part is ahead and they don’t need to add to feelings of guilt that they must already overcome.
Some addicts begin to have feelings of guilt once they begin to improve and are able to think rationally. Showing them support throughout the process will help them improve self-confidence so they can start working towards a more successful and purposeful future without addiction.
Finding the right type of facility and treatment is the first step towards a successful alcohol rehab. If you or a loved one is struggling with the effects of alcohol addiction, give Addiction Rehab Toronto a call at 855-787-2424.