My name is Bridget and I wanted to put a few words on paper to describe my observations of my best friend and her experience of the rehab at home program.
The path to recovery from drug abuse or addiction is never fully complete without intentional means to forestall relapses. Most people erroneously think that there is a swift and cure for both cravings and addiction, but no, it is a long conscious process. What I really mean by this is that recovery is possible, if the person who requires it puts in the effort I a sustainable way.
Although tasking, there is no doubt that anyone can make a full recovery from drug addiction and substance abuse. And one way to begin this process is to plan/organise your daily routine in such a way that you eliminate any form of reminders and avoid places that improve the cravings.
How can you help their recovery?
Apart from TLC, good boundaries around appropriate and inappropriate behaviours and support from family and friends, anyone resuming "life" after rehab benefits from a rigid schedule/structure. The best way to start is to make the home they are coming into supportive, safe and free of all drugs and alcohol.
Expel any forms of reminder
A simple reminder or whiff can set their minds/brains to several fits of struggle. Such triggers can lead to "strong" cravings that can be hard to quell. The farther they stay from reminders, the better for them. Events like "Open" Parties, Clubbing, Night-outs, and co. can be big triggers.
Help them engage in physical exercises
What better way to control the mind than to engage in physical activities? Helping such people to keep busy 'positively' can take their minds of thoughts and lessen the stress. Why not engage them in biking, replacing a siding, cooking, painting, a trip to the beach, planting a vegetable garden, and co.
Encourage them in their recovery
Most times, the individual might need to return for regular therapy and sessions. You should cheer and encourage them; you can offer to drive them, stay with them, and advise them.
Any form of support you show at this period can be the thin thread between Success and a relapse. Help them to understand the importance of their therapy.
Help them avoid certain people or places
It's a no-brainer that this new step "recovery" that such an individual has taken has to come with lots of sacrifices from their past life. Most times, pressures from old chums and circles are big triggers of relapses. When such an individual feels they don't get the support of their family, they turn to their old buddies.
Your helping them avoid certain people should be both assertive and gentle.
Foster "real" relationships with them
Those on the part of recovery already feel "bad" about themselves. However, it is worse if the person feels the love they are getting from family is something "pitied and insincere" Try to form real bonds with them, have deep and strong conversations, be kind in your speech, and patient in your listening.
You can also seek group therapy, accompany them to support groups, and seek professional advice when not sure.
Complete rehab and recovery are possible, with lots of patience, love, and tact. The tough process should not distract from the beneficial reward.
Lastly, while caring for a recovering individual, do not give their life the notion of being "monitored." At a point, you have got to trust them and allow them time to themselves.