Seeing a loved one struggle with addiction can be very difficult. You may cheer for them when they agree to go to a drug treatment center in Chandler to get the addiction therapy they need. You may feel relieved and think that they are finally on the road to recovery, and that the trials of addiction are behind you.
However, you may feel frustrated and devastated if you find out that your loved one has relapsed and is using drugs or alcohol again (or even only used again once). Unfortunately, relapse can be a normal part of the recovery process. It is important that you learn how to help your loved one if they relapse so that you can do your part in helping them get back on track as quickly as possible. Here are a few things you can do:
The first thing you need to do is establish a pattern of open and non-judgmental communication. You want your loved one to know that you are someone they can come to when they are struggling, and that you aren’t going to judge or criticize them if they make a mistake, like relapsing.
If you notice signs that your loved one may have relapsed, approach them about it in a supportive manner and be a good listener. Let them know that you are there to support them and help them in whatever way you can. Then follow up and do what you said by supporting them and helping them.
Help your loved one learn about the treatment options available after a relapse, whether that means outside addiction counseling or entering a drug treatment center in Mesa again. What will work best will depend on the person, what they feel like they need, and the severity of the relapse. For example, if a person has been heavily using for weeks now, it may be time to explore in-patient options. However, if a person had one drink at a party, then increased counseling sessions may be enough to help.
Fortunately, there are numerous Gilbert support groups available for addicts of all types. As soon as you know your loved one has relapsed, encourage them to attend one of these meetings. Encourage them to go that very day if a meeting is available.
Support groups and meetings help addicts to process what they are currently experiencing, to connect with others who have struggled with the same issues, and to get constructive ideas for ways to manage sobriety.
You can support your loved one in developing a more healthy lifestyle free of drugs and alcohol by engaging in healthy activities together. Invite your loved one to a movie, to go bowling together, to take a hike, or to do whatever other activity you both may enjoy. You will give your loved one a healthy outlet and help them create new patterns that will serve them in a sober lifestyle.
Know that you have to put on your own oxygen mask before you can save someone else. If you aren’t practicing self-care, you can’t be there for someone else. Be sure to put your own emotional needs first. Then you will have the strength to help your loved one in a way that is healthy and will encourage their ongoing sobriety. If you can’t do that, step away to tend to your own self-care and encourage your loved one to get outside support until you can be there for them again.
Recovery is not a straight path. There are going to be many turns and bumps along the way, and your loved one may relapse – many times. Knowing this can help you be more prepared to help your loved one. Use these strategies to help your loved one overcome the relapse and get back to the sober and healthy lifestyle that they want and deserve.
Corebella Health and Wellness is here to help those addicted to drugs and alcohol, as well as their families. We offer addiction counseling and support for all. If you have had a relapse, we have the addiction treatment to help you get back to your sobriety. If your loved one has had a relapse, we offer the support and resources to help you. We serve patients throughout Glendale and Tempe. Call us today to learn more about our services.