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.