5 Ways to Support Someone Going Through Detox
As a treatment facility that specializes in medically-supervised detox from drugs and alcohol, we’ve seen firsthand what makes a detox truly successful: support.
We want family members and friends to participate in their loved one’s detox by encouraging them to get there safely–and letting the experts do their work. Upon entering Boca Detox, clients typically aren’t allowed to communicate with their loved one during the first 7 days. Once that period is over, family and friends are allowed to be involved as long as it’s appropriate.
If your loved one is struggling with addiction, medically-supervised detox is the safest way to heal. You should never attempt an at-home detox. It’s dangerous without clinical and medical supervision.
With that said, we’re sharing our suggestions for how family members and friends can support their loved one in detox in ways that benefit everyone involved.
1. Be patient.
Your loved one is going through a lot of changes. They might be fearful of what’s to come in recovery and what life will be like without their substance of choice. Your attitude makes all the difference. Try not to serve as an additional source of stress. Be patient and understanding, and don’t take anything personally.
2. Keep toxic people away.
Friends and family members who cause stress, start arguments or are bad influences should not be invited to participate in your loved one’s detox. You and your loved one need to focus on healing. Toxic people are a distraction.
3. Get involved.
Many detox facilities like Boca Detox offer programs for family members, so take advantage of them. Your willingness to participate in these programs is a testament to your commitment to your loved one’s recovery, so attend family therapy sessions and group activities. Stay active and occupied. Watch movies, play cards, listen to music or go for a walk.
Your loved one needs a strong foundation if they’re going to make a full recovery, so your support and commitment to helping them along this journey mean everything.
4. Take some time for yourself.
Your self-care habits have likely taken a hit over the course of your loved one’s struggle with substances. Use the time away from your loved one to do the things you enjoy. Catch up on work, visit with friends you haven’t seen in a while and get some rest.
5. Support them post-detox.
Attend aftercare planning meetings and continue to support your loved one in recovery. Boca Detox provides aftercare planning for both clients and their families, and we encourage everyone to get involved and be informed. We regularly work with families to coordinate the next step in treatment that best suits the loved one’s needs, the family’s needs and financial situation.
Your loved one’s treatment plan may include 12-Step meetings, individual counseling and other forms of traditional and holistic therapy. Be supportive and join them whenever appropriate. You’ll gain deeper insight into your loved one’s relationship with substances, and meeting other people will help you feel less isolated and connect with others who share similar experiences.
You’re not alone. Take the first step toward getting your loved one the help they need. Contact us at 561-271-7612 to learn more about how our medically-supervised detox can build a solid foundation for recovery and effect change.
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Serving as the Inpatient Clinical Director at Immersion Recovery Center, Susan will work directly with staff members, clients, and family members to ensure the clinical program remains as effective and individualized as possible. Susan is no stranger to the fields of behavioral health and addiction. She has over 25 years of experience, working in an inpatient setting, an outpatient setting, acute stabilization and nearly all other settings in the realm of addiction recovery.
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