When a loved one or family member gets help professionally for substance use disorder, it can be challenging to know what to do. Certainly, you want to remain positive and supportive for your loved one’s recovery journey. But, how does one go about doing so? After substance use treatment, there are a few things family members and loved ones can do to help support their person in recovery. Plus, a few things to neglect to do or saying to remain encouraging and supportive in this sensitive time.
Expand Your Knowledge About Recovery
One of the best things you can do to support someone you love who has just finished with substance use treatment is to educate yourself. Education about substance use, the development of dependence, withdrawal, the treatment process, and recovery is important for those who want to be a part of someone in recovery’s life. When you know more about addiction, treatment, and recovery, you may know more about what to expect in the days to come. And, how to best support your loved one throughout this time after treatment ends.
Encourage and Support New Interests and Hobbies
Without the crutch of drugs or alcohol, as one was once accustomed to, a person in recovery will need to find new outlets. Healthy outlets include hobbies and interests that one may not have tried before entering into recovery. It’s vital that the people around a person in recovery support these new hobbies and interests. This way, they can use these activities as healthy outlets for their emotions and what they’re dealing with, rather than turning to drugs and alcohol to mask the issues.
Support the Use of Ongoing Treatment Service and Aftercare
Sometimes, inpatient care isn’t enough to bring someone enough knowledge and skill to remain sober for the remainder of their lives. Ongoing treatment, like outpatient services available at Willow Place for Women, is a great place to start after a residential treatment program concludes. Furthermore, even after outpatient treatment individuals are welcome to take part in other ongoing care services, known as aftercare. Aftercare services can include further group therapy, group activities with peer support, and even alumni programs that keep individuals engaged within their recovery communities. It’s vital that people in the lives of those in recovery encourage these types of ongoing support, as treatment isn’t the end of recovery.
Provide Encouragement With a Sober Home
Is your loved one who recently finished substance use treatment coming home to live with you? If so, there are some things you’ll have to consider when it comes to living together. For instance, to promote a healthy and sober lifestyle, you’ll have to make sure your home is a sober home. When a person in recovery lives in a home that isn’t sober, the temptation to use is higher. So, the risk of relapse is higher. We want to give individuals fresh out of treatment the best chance to remain sober, so loved ones who plan to live with these individuals should embrace sobriety themselves too.
Getting Help After Treatment from Willow Place
Have you or a loved one recently been treated for substance use disorder? Or, do you need help with substance abuse? Willow Place for Women is a women’s only outpatient treatment center that helps women living with substance use disorder. To learn more about our outpatient, daytime programs, contact us today for a confidential consultation.