How To Welcome Home A Loved One From Rehab
Now that your loved one is nearing the success of his or her rehabilitation program, your active role in their recovery commences. Your loved one is now ready to come back home and be with your family once again. The question is, “What now?” How would you safely welcome home for someone from the rehab?
Let’s take it step by step.
Plan And Coordinate
Planning is the first and one of the most critical steps in welcoming a loved one home. Coordinate closely with the institution, the doctors, and the nurses that were directly involved with your loved one’s treatment. The reason for this is because they know exactly the specific needs and behavior of their patients.
Educate yourself and other family members regarding the condition of your loved one. Do not speculate about things. Know the consequences of specific actions and the sensitivity of your loved one. Research and alert the whole family of what to do and avoid once your loved one comes home.
Make Your Home Comfortable And Safe
Remove everything that is alcohol- and drug-related from the house. Replace them with other stuff that will invite fun and positive energy instead.
Make your home into a comfortable zone that is not reminiscent of the rehab center. Making your home safe does not just involve getting rid of dangerous things out of the house. It also means that people around your newly rehabilitated loved one are more sensitive and caring than before.
Do not put any pressure on them, especially in the first three months post-rehabilitation. Everyone has his or her way of recovering, so avoid pushing your loved one to do much more than his capacity at the moment. Be patient. Every family member should put this in mind.\\
Do Not Exclude Them From The Family
“Most people have a loud inner critic which makes their life more stressful.” David Klow, a licensed therapist said. While recovery patients indeed have their specific needs for readjustment, do not be very obvious that you treat them as a person with a disability. Treat them like a normal person. Do not make them feel different just because they have been on a rehabilitation program. Do not let your loved one feel like he’s a burden to the family.
If your loved one is undergoing recovery from addiction, then make it a habit to include him in your social plans. Building a new circle of friends is one of the most daunting things for a recovering addict because his or her past friends might also be addicts.
Encourage And Help Them Find New Hobbies
If your loved one is a recovering addict, then you must help him, or her finds new activities to avoid any relapse. Idle time can have adverse effects on addicts undergoing recovery. Seek the help of other family members to plan this stuff even before your loved one comes home. Communicate honest feelings and suggestions with each other. “If your intention is to live a meaningful and healthy life, you will make decisions that support this intention, and feel good about yourself when you succeed in this purpose.” Deborah Khoshaba Psy.D. explains.
Your loved one had accepted and completed professional help. It means he or she had the will to cope with their condition before everything became too late. Aiding them toward their full recovery may not be an easy task because life still goes on for you but with an added responsibility now. However, family members have this unique role in making their loved one’s future even better and brighter than their past. Remember, “Be supportive and let them know it is not that you think something is wrong with them, but that you want them to have some help with their current challenges. Sometimes, people who are depressed want help but don’t know how to get started.” Vara Saripalli, PsyD said.