If you have a loved one that is headed off to substance abuse treatment then the odds are that you want to support them more than anything because you love them. It is not an easy time but it is time to step back and take a deep breath. It is also time for you to work on you. You need this time to heal and gain the strength to cope.
Living with an addict is no easy task and you have probably been through hell and back. Now your loved one is in treatment and you have been given hope. Hope is good. This is a time to assume that the worst is over and everything is going to be good again. But, you probably can’t help but wonder what is going on with them.
The Start of Treatment
The first step is to go through detox to get rid of the drugs and alcohol from their body. Treatment offers medically supervised detox so you need not worry. This has to happen before anything else can and this is the most difficult step. After detox, treatment is all about personal well-being. They will be saturated in therapy and meetings. This is a good thing.
This is a good time for the family to get in some meetings of their own. These meetings will help the family get a better understanding of what is going on and what to expect. Some of the things that can be learned are how the addict mind works, what to expect next, understanding the dynamics of addiction, how to help, how to prevent relapse, and how to support your loved one.
Be Involved, Show Your Support
You will be asked at some point to become involved with your loved ones recovery. This is when you will have to be supportive. It definitely does increase the chances of long term success. This is ideally the outcome that would make everyone happiest. So, while your loved one is away working on himself, work on yourself too. There is a lot of time that has to be made up for and a whole life to live.