Residential treatment facilities can be tough to get through, but watching someone you care about go through one is difficult, also. No matter how hard it may be, though, you want the time spent there by your loved one to be successful, so they, and you, can put the substance abuse and everything that went with it in the past.
Here are six ways to help someone you love have a successful stay at a residential treatment facility:
1. Help Them To Be Realistic
Your friend or loved one may need an eye-opening conversation with someone who cares about them, so that they finally understand the dangers of how they’re living. Abusing substances often leads to destroyed families, careers and even time in jail, so make sure your loved one is being realistic about the possible consequences of continuing to abuse drugs or alcohol.
2. Offer To Help Them Pack And Prepare To Go
It’s scary to pack up a suitcase with the intent of going to a treatment facility or any form of rehab. You feel like a stranger in a strange place, with people telling you what to do at every turn. Help your friend pack and prepare to go and they should be more likely to actually make it to the facility, where they can get the help they need.
3. Bring Them To The Treatment Facility
Actually going to the place is really hard, too, and your friend may need a little hand-holding, as many people facing such a situation do. Go together, and don’t let them ever feel like you’re leaving them there; explain that you’ll be back and that things will change for the good.
4. Cover For Them At Their Job And With Other Important Matters
If your friend going to treatment has a job, apartment and/or other important matters in life to deal with, try and cover for them. You could explain to a boss or landlord that rehab is the best option for everyone involved. While you don’t have to offer to pay expenses or anything (unless you are willing and able to do so), it is good to speak on behalf of your friend, so that they can hold some aspects of their life together, if possible.
5. Visit As Often As You’re Allowed
Whenever your friend is allowed visitors, go to see them. Doing so will be a very uplifting experience for them and could even mean the difference between them staying (in treatment) or wanting to check themselves out. If it’s allowed, bring homemade or fast food, whatever your friend might like best.
6. Understand The Long-Term Commitment Involved
Even after leaving the residential facility, your friend or loved one is going to need continued help from as many sources as possible. They’ll need to work to support themselves, healthy food and healthy friends, along with someone to remind them how much better their life is when they’re sober. Stick with your friend, because such support will have a big pay off for both of you.
Residential treatment facilities aren’t designed to be spas or summer camps, rather, they’re meant to help someone out of the dark world of substance abuse. Although the ordeal may not be the most pleasant, it’s going to be worth it, so keep supporting your loved one in treatment and help them with follow-up treatment, too. With your help, they can succeed.