When your loved one is ready to come home from Phoenix addiction treatment, it’s normal to have mixed emotions. You’re excited that they are clean and able to return home, but you’re nervous about what the future entails. Some of the hardest work starts now, so it’s good that you recognize that.
As you begin this new stage in the recovery process, here are some ways to ensure your loved one’s return is successful.
Seek Family Counseling
Families need support, too. While your loved one was in drug rehab in Phoenix AZ, hopefully you took the time to seek counseling for yourself. Some treatment centers offer family therapy as well, which we recommend attending. This is a good opportunity to work through family struggles and learn how to support your loved one.
Practice Good Communication
Communication is crucial in early recovery. Sit down and let your loved one know their boundaries while living in your home. Respect the boundaries they have set for themselves as well. Keep the lines of communication open, but be mindful of the things you say. If sensitive topics need to be discussed, we recommend doing so with a mediator present.
Be Patient and Understanding
Recovering from substance abuse doesn’t happen entirely during Phoenix addiction treatment. In fact, recovery is a lifelong process. Be patient and compassionate to your loved one. There will be good days and bad days, but the goal is to continue making progress. Setting goals that are too hard to reach will only put stress on the household.
Speaking of boundaries, it’s important to create some before your loved one returns home. Discuss with your family what types of limits should be set and how you plan to follow through with them. Boundaries keep people safe and allow you to support your loved one while being conscious of your mental, emotional and physical health.
Protect Your Finances
This is an important step to take, as you must protect your assets. Again, if this is an emotional decision, have the conversation with a mediator. If you risk your financial assets because you don’t want to hurt your loved one’s feelings, it could result in disaster.
Know the Signs of Codependency and Enablement
Sometimes, families make it difficult for people to stay sober. Codependency (being obsessed with the addict’s behavior) and enablement (facilitating the addict’s substance abuse) are two things you want to avoid. People with well-meaning intentions do this without realizing it. Know the signs, and if you are worried about yourself or someone else, talk to a counselor.
Addiction is a complex disease, and it’s confusing to understand. Continue to educate yourself on addiction, the changes it makes in the brain and how to support recovering addicts. By being educated, you can watch for signs of relapse and create a safe, supportive environment.
There is no right or wrong way to go through the recovery process. Everyone is different, and everyone has a unique story to tell. That said, following the above strategies will help you and your loved one get through the initial days of recovery as painlessly as possible.
To start your journey to recovery, contact Continuum Recovery Center. We have comprehensive treatment programs to fit your needs, and we place emphasis on family therapy.
Geffen has been in the field for over 20 years, and has worked in every facet of substance abuse treatment. Using his own personal experience in recovery and the education he has learned while in the field, Geffen can relate and connect with clients in a way that promotes recovery, self love and the desire for clients to achieve the best for themselves. Geffen is licensed in Arizona as a substance abuse counselor and has an IC&RC certification, as well as a life coaching certification.
Geffen Liberman, LISAC, CRADC, CPC is Verified by Psychology Today