Recovering from drug addiction is a complex process that cannot be done by the addict alone. It requires additional support from the family and the loved ones. Just as drug addiction affects all the family and friends likewise, this idea translates to recovery as well. As a family member, spouse or friend, your supporting role and commitment can help them recover soon.
Here’s an infographic highlighting the most significant ways that can lead to a healthy and speedy rehabilitation:
1. Understand that going for treatment isn’t enough
Since addiction is a chronic disease, it has no instant solutions or “quick fixes”. If you assume your loved one is coming “cured” from a rehabilitation center, you are seriously mistaken. He or she might find some ongoing hardships that hold great potential of a relapse. These hardships mainly include:
- Recovering from financial set backs
- Gaining or regaining steady employment
- Physical and psychological health issues
- Rebuilding trust and relationships
Understanding these factors is really important because the victim requires further support and nurturing.
2. Stay involved and strengthen your family connections
Give importance to spending time with the recovered one and rebuild their trust. Make them realize their worth and significance that they hold in your life. Maintain a drug free, sober and healthy home environment that reduces the temptation of drinking or relapsing back. Indulge in healthy family activities that had been hindered due to their drinking habits such as playing chess, watching a match together or gathering at the dinner table.
3. Reduce stress and show love without criticism
According to National Institute of Health, stress is the key factor in the beginning of the addiction as well as during relapse. Hence, it is mandatory to find solutions to any health or work related issues, financial problems and maintaining relationships. These things require patience and continuous support. Do not let any of your words or actions cause them any criticism as it has a subtle effect on them and they might start feeling guilty of the things they did in the past.
4. Ensure all appointments and follow-ups
Maintain a proper record of all the appointments of your loved one to the rehabilitation house or the psychologists. It is better if you accompany them in the process as they won’t feel isolated. After each appointments make sure to ask them how they feel and take them for healthy outings that might help them in refreshing their minds.
And in the end, love the addict and hate the addiction.