Rehab has often been thought of as a bad word. It’s something you don’t discuss, something horrible you hide from everyone. The truth is rehab is a helpful, beneficial, and often the thing that helps alcoholic on the road to recovery. Learning to talk to loved ones about rehab is a very specific subject, and there’s no right or wrong way. Whether you’re talking about rehab with a loved one you think would benefit from this service or your loved one is now out of rehab and on the road to recovery, there are a few things you should know about discussing rehab with your loved ones.
Judging someone for going to rehab is a horrible thing to do. This is a person who went for help. A person who asked for help, sought it, and put aside their entire life to seek the help they needed to recover from an addiction is a strong person. Feeling judged for seeking help is not beneficial to anyone who is working on their recovery. Be open-minded, ask questions, and learn about rehab rather than judge.
Do your own research about the rehab process so you have something to contribute to the conversation. Don’t assume you know how it works or what it entails. Learn what it means to go to rehab, to recover, and to spend time in this program. The more you know the easier it is to discuss this with your loved ones attending rehab.
You might not understand what your loved one is going through as they discuss rehab with you, but your support and encouragement speak on your behalf. Be there for your loved one, support them on their good days and their bad days, and refrain from issuing conditional support. You must know some days are easy and others are more difficult to offer the kind of support your recovering loved one needs most.
Speaking with your loved ones about their rehab experience should be an open conversation. The more open you are the easier it is to deal with rehab as a family. It’s something you all experience, and that means all making the effort to understand what the others feel regarding their own experience. Support, love, and an open-door policy for rehab discussions help more than you might imagine. Sometimes it’s just a listening ear that does the trick.