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7 Best Ways to Prepare for Someone Coming Home from Rehab

7 Best Ways to Prepare for Someone Coming Home from Rehab

Knowing how to prepare for someone coming home from rehab can help you play a positive role in their recovery

Leaving treatment is a big step. With detox and early recovery behind them, individuals face the exciting start of sober life. The transition can also be scary, which is why it is important for people leaving rehab to receive myriad types of support. Friends and family members play a critical role during this transition.

There are seven key ways loved ones can prepare for someone coming home from rehab. The first one is practical. Assuming that you have permission from your loved one, get the individual’s home ready. Tips to guide you include the following:

  • Make a clean sweep of the living space and discard everything associated with using including hidden stashes and paraphernalia
  • Stock the fridge since hunger can be a trigger to use
  • Tidy things up and establish basic order
  • Provide something celebratory, like flowers or a new piece of artwork that gives a visual show of your support

Speaking with your loved one’s therapist is another key piece of legwork to do in advance. Ideally, you are already familiar with this professional because you have participated in family treatment opportunities. If you did not, now is the time to introduce yourself and have a conversation. Questions to ask include the following:

  • Can you give me an overview of how ready he or she is to cope with outside life?
  • What is his or her general attitude toward the family and what forms of support can we offer that will be helpful and well received?
  • What triggers do we present and need to mindfully avoid?
  • What enabling behaviors do we need to stop?
  • How can we encourage his or her ongoing commitment to recovery?
  • What should we say or do if we see his or her sobriety slipping?

A big homecoming party is probably not the best idea at this point. Your loved one has been through a tremendous ordeal, not least of which was the detoxification process. Take your cues from him or her. Plan a meal of favorite foods, but do not expect to linger for hours or be debriefed about every detail of treatment. Do not take it personally if he or she seems to be pushing you away or shutting down. Rest and privacy may be what he or she needs most.

Continuing Education: Your Role in Recovery

Addiction is complicated. In order to understand the process your loved one is in, continue to read up on the disease, especially the specific addiction your loved one has. Pay special attention to information about relapse. Relapse is a very real possibility during the first few weeks and months of recovery. There is no way to no whether or not your loved one will relapse, and your job is not to play policeman. But the more you know, the better prepared you will be.

Another important way to grow in knowledge and awareness is to join a 12-Step support group. Forming your own recovery community will connect you with myriad resources. It will also provide an outlet for you to continue to process your own feelings of how your life has been affected by addiction.

Consider family counseling. Specialized groups offer family counseling and support that may prove invaluable after your loved one returns home from rehab. A counselor can help you cope with stress and changes in your family dynamic, and create a safe space for the family to form new ways of relating.

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