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How Can Family Members of Loved Ones in Treatment Do Their Part in the Recovery Process?

Family members helping their loved ones through recovery

You might have just found out that your loved one has an addiction or is dealing with a mental health crisis and needs to go to treatment. You are probably very worried about their health and want them to get the assistance that they need. This will be a long process, and it’s essential for you as a family member or friend of someone in recovery to do your part as well. Your loved ones need help from outside sources during their treatment because they cannot do everything on their own to get better.

Encourage Them

Deciding to get aid for your substance use disorder (SUD) or other mental health condition is a huge step that can be very intimidating for those needing to make that choice. As a family, you can gently encourage your loved one to reach out for help. You might even ask, “Are you having problems?” or “I can see that something is bothering you. Is there something I can do to help make this easier on you?”

If your loved one is open to discussing their substance use or other mental health issues, consider asking them if they want assistance with getting into treatment. Or let them know that you are thinking about going into treatment yourself and ask if they would join you in recovery support groups or counseling sessions. Tell them that you are there for them if and when they are ready for the next step towards sobriety and healthy life.

Maintain Their Obligations

The most important thing you can do for a loved one in treatment is to maintain their family obligations for them. This may mean picking up their children from school and taking care of the children, paying bills on time, keeping appointments with the kids’ teachers or doctors and other professionals, and ensuring that your loved one has transportation to work or school.

This kind of help may not seem like much at first glance. Still, it’s incredibly valuable to your loved one’s recovery process because it relieves them of some stressors and responsibilities that may make their recovery situation more complicated, allowing them to focus on recovery.

Help With the Paperwork

One of the first steps in helping your loved ones is assuring that they are covered by insurance. Sometimes, people think their insurance covers rehab, but it’s not actually the case. You should get a call from the insurance company before checking into the facility. If the insurance company does not cover rehab, you might need to pay for some things out of pocket.

You also want to ensure that the insurance company knows about your loved one’s treatment plan and the location of treatment. If the insurance company doesn’t know where your loved one is going, they won’t be able to help! It would ideal if you asked how long it would take them to receive information from us until having everything ready to go with their claim. A lot of times, it only takes a day or two. However, we have seen cases where it has taken over two weeks, which may delay our patient’s start date at the treatment center.

Finding the Best Treatment Center

You can help your loved one by looking into a rehabilitation facility and finding the best one for your budget and needs.

When considering a treatment center, look for:

  • A program that meets your loved one’s specific needs
  • A staff trained in their field and has experience working with patients with similar conditions as your loved one’s diagnosis
  • A clean environment is safe from outside influences such as drugs or alcohol

Manage Your Emotions

Anger is a normal human emotion. It’s not uncommon to feel angry when your loved one needs to go to treatment. It’s okay to be angry about those things, but it’s not okay for your anger to define how you feel about recovery and helping your loved one get better.

Stay positive and be there for your loved one when they need you the most. Let them know that you care for them no matter what. Also, work to respect their privacy while still supporting them during this time. Understand that some days will be more challenging than others, but that doesn’t mean recovery isn’t possible or worthwhile. It just means we have to work harder at it.

Family Days

As a family member, you are a vital part of the support network for your loved one. Family members can play an active role in helping their loved ones achieve long-term sobriety.

One way to do this is by participating in family days at the treatment facility. During family days at the treatment facility, families can spend time with their loved ones while in treatment and have fun together. This helps strengthen the bond between families, which will help them remain healthy after leaving the treatment program. Family members can also attend workshops that teach them more about addiction and how to cope. Family days are typically held regularly so that everyone has an opportunity to participate when it works best for them and their schedule.

As a family member of someone who is in treatment, you may feel as if there is nothing you can do to help. However, this isn’t true! You have an important role to play in the recovery process and there are many different ways that you can support your loved one.

If your loved one has SUD or another mental health condition, help them to seek treatment as soon as possible. If possible, assist them with the logistical support they need to navigate insurance and other paperwork related to treatment. Attend family days and family therapy if your loved one’s treatment facility offers these programs.

Most importantly, don’t let yourself get angry. Instead, focus on how much better everyone will feel once this problem has been solved once and for all! We want to help. Call today at (949) 866-3461.


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