In today’s society everyone seems focused on results, but some things, such as rehab and addiction recovery, take time before you start seeing the payoff. When your loved one begins rehab, you may expect him to return home fully healed and drug-free, but recovery is a long process that does not end during or even after rehab. Your loved one is still in recovery and will continue to get stronger, but in the meantime, patience can help your loved one continue to improve. Being patient with your loved one during rehab will prevent him from feeling even more pressure to recover and will give him a better opportunity to heal.
Rehab is Stressful
When an individual enters rehab he undergoes a massive lifestyle change, abandoning drug or alcohol abuse for a life of sobriety. In time, your loved one will adjust to his new life, but it can take years to become accustomed to living drug-free. During rehab, your loved one must deal with withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, headaches and anxiety. On top of withdrawal symptoms, individuals speak with therapists and attend classes aimed at helping them identify the root cause of addiction.
Individuals in recovery are bombarded with change, which is often a stressful situation where the former addict is outside his comfort zone. Adding more stress to the situation is not beneficial to the user, but as a loved one you can be patient and encouraging. Being patient with a recovering user during rehab will make the transition a little easier for him so he does not feel so overburdened by the need for change.
Recovery is a Process
Rehab is the beginning of your loved one’s recovery from addiction, not the end. Instead of looking at rehab as the solution to your loved one’s addiction, you should consider rehab as a first step on his recovery journey. Your loved one will still experience cravings when he leaves rehab and he will still need your support, but he will be better equipped to avoid relapse and is headed in the right direction.
Your loved one is not out of the woods yet and there is still plenty you can do to help him stay on track. Offering to drive him to therapy or meetings, talking with him about his day and what he is struggling with and helping him get involved in social events or healthy activities are all ways you can make a difference in a the recovery of someone close to you.
Starting the Recovery Journey
If you or someone you care about is experiencing opiate dependence or addiction, you may already know that rehab does not cure addiction overnight. But without treatment, the problems related to substance use will only get worse. Call our toll-free helpline today to speak with a trained addiction expert about how rehab can help. We can answer your questions about addiction, direct you to an effective treatment center, and let you know if your health insurance policy will help pay for your treatment. We are standing by 24 hours a day to take your call, so pick up the phone and call now.