Inpatient Drug Rehab and the Importance of Family Involvement
It is incredibly important and helpful for the family of an addict to be involved during their loved one’s inpatient treatment. Just because the individual is away from home does not mean that they don’t need their family’s support and involvement more than ever.
Visiting the Facility and Participating in Therapy
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Involvement of a family member or significant other in an individual’s treatment program can strengthen and extend treatment benefits,” especially when the individual attends inpatient care. It can sometimes be difficult and even cause feelings of isolation for addicts to leave their homes and attend inpatient treatment, but knowing their families support the decision and are on their side can help combat some of these issues. In addition, having loved ones who visit often also shows the addict that they are missed and that their family is still thinking of them and supporting them in their absence.
In addition, when family members take the time to visit addicts in inpatient treatment, they are better able to take advantage of one of the treatment options often offered in these facilities: multidimensional family therapy. While this treatment was originally developed for adolescents and is still considered extremely beneficial for addicts in this age group, it can also be helpful to addicts of all ages (NIDA). This therapy often builds better family dynamics and allows each member of the family to have their feelings heard in a safe and encouraging environment.
Family Support After Treatment
One of the most important times for family support during inpatient care is when the recovering addict leaves treatment and transitions into the aftercare phase. This can be a difficult time for the addict, as they may have been in treatment for upwards of a year or more, and they will require help and understanding from their loved ones.
When family members stay involved in the addicted individual’s life during inpatient treatment, they are more easily able to help with the patient’s transition after treatment. They can discuss the best ways to help the individual adjust to life at home with the treatment center’s healthcare staff and even find programs through the inpatient center that will allow the patient to find vocational or housing help after treatment. Being involved makes the transition smoother for everyone, especially the patient.
Family Members Learn to Heal
When family members choose to stay involved in their loved one’s care, they can also find out ways in which they can heal and create better lives for themselves. Whether it is through family therapy sessions, individual therapy sessions, or even solo research, those who stay involved are likely to learn not only what their loved one needs but what they need as well to help create a happier, better functioning family and a better life for each individual in it.
Want to Learn More About Inpatient Drug Rehab?
If you are an addict, or the family member of an addict, and you would like to learn more about inpatient care, call 800-681-7369Who Answers?. We can help you find the right treatment facility and learn how to be involved in your loved one’s recovery from start to finish.