Finding Support during Alcoholism and Drug Rehab
While there are a number of factors that help determine whether or not an individual succeeds in their drug or alcohol rehab program, few play as vital a role as support.
The amount of support that an individual receives while they are undergoing addiction treatment can be closely tied to whether they achieve long term sobriety – or struggle repeatedly with relapse into old habits.
The following information is an examination of the different types of support that an individual can expect during (and after) rehab – and how each will impact their recovery.
Different Types of Support for Alcoholism and Drug Treatment
Recovering addicts thrive on support structures. The most important types of support come from:
- Counselors and therapists. Therapist and counselors meet regularly with their patient not only to address the core issues surrounding their addiction, but also to help them learn how to make better decisions concerning drugs and alcohol in the future.
- Fellow patients. In a residential treatment program, individuals live side-by-side with other recovering addicts. In situations such as this, support structures are born almost organically as these individuals learn the value of leaning on another person for love and support.
- Family and friends. Ask a recovering addict how the ended up in treatment and they will likely tell you that it came about because of the intervention of friends and family. By providing unconditional love and support, loved ones can be the difference between recovery success and failure.
Providing Support after Drug and Alcohol Rehab
Once an individual completes a rehab program, they still need the support of friends, family and treatment professionals. Family and friends are urged to take part in ongoing family counseling. This important form of aftercare helps keep the lines of communication among loved ones open – and helps those involved understand the best ways to speak and act in order to enhance the recovery process.
Counselors also provide support in the days and months following rehab. By attending follow-up counseling, the individual can receive regular “tune ups” that help keep them focused and utilizing the lessons learned during treatment.
Finally, 12-step groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are there to offer continued support from other recovering addicts who are facing many of the same challenges on a daily basis.