Supporting Your Spouse in Rehab

Dealing with a spouse who has an addiction is a challenge, and most people struggle to cope. It is devastating to live with a person with an addiction; you have to deal with their lies, manipulation, and broken promises. You may have spent a lot of time stressing and feeling helpless because you feel like you have no other way of convincing him or her to get help.  Supporting Your Spouse in Rehab is critical to their recovery process and to heal any wounds that their addiction may have caused to the family. 

Addiction is considered a family illness because it affects other people, not just the one with the addiction. This is why there is help with inpatient couples rehab. When your loved one finally accepts help, an enormous relief to the family will be realized.

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Offering Support

If your spouse has agreed to get help and enter rehab, you may be wondering what else you can do to help. You always need to have in your mind that it is a battle that your loved one still has the fight to get better. You cannot fight on their behalf; the best you can do is be there and support them in other ways.

It is essential to let your spouse know that they have your full support, and you are proud of them for getting help. Never make your spouse feel ashamed or belittle them. If the rehab involves going to a residential clinic, reassure them that everything will be fine at home. It is not good for your spouse to keep worrying about kids and pets because it can negatively affect their recovery journey. You need to let your spouse know that they have covered everything, and they need to focus on their recovery. You can ask relatives for help and ask for time off from your job.

You can decide to work on a part-time basis so you can have enough time to look after the kids. Your employer doesn’t have to know about the addiction, but you can ask for time off because of family illness. You can ask your general practitioner to give you a letter verifying this.

Getting Advice from the Rehab Center

The center may ask you to keep your distance during the treatment period. This is the norm in most clinics; the thinking behind this is your spouse will benefit from having a focused treatment plan with no distractions from the outside. Some allow family members to call, but most prefer writing letters. This is a good way of avoiding the risks of someone saying something out of anger. It is hard to do this when they have to put it on paper.

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Looking After Yourself

You might have spent a lot of time taking care of your spouse and neglecting yourself. You now have some time to focus more on yourself. This is a good time to deal with any issues you might be having. It is common for people to have pent-up emotions like guilt, anger, and resentment. Dealing with this is vital because the last thing you want is having it come out when your spouse comes back home.

Accepting counseling can help you deal with such feelings. Residential clinics have family therapy sessions to help the family learn more about the addiction and its effect on them. This program will help the family learn more while getting advice on how to move forward. It gives the family the chance to learn more about the needs of their loved ones. The clinic can invite you for counseling sessions, support meetings with other family members, and group therapy.