Addiction treatment is a positive first step in the right direction, however returning home after completing a treatment programme can stir a range of emotions, from excitement to anxiety to dread. Although it is not possible to control a loved one’s choice in recovery when they return home, individuals and families can set boundaries and expectations which can aid in encouraging a positive experience for both parties.
Addiction Recovery Plan
Making a recovery plan can help families ensure all individuals are on the same page during the recovery process. Here is what you need to know regarding the creation of a recovery plan and ensure it works effectively at home:
- Plan for it in advance
Knowing when a loved one will return home is the first step to creating an effective recovery routine. It is a good idea to discuss the recovery plan. Put things in writing where necessary, be comfortable and proceed accordingly.
- Create a treatment plan
The plan should be centred on continued recovery. Start with a heavy schedule of continued treatment options; support groups, individual therapy, alternative and holistic treatments can all be positive choices as the loved one begins the process of creating a foundation in sobriety at home.
- Talk about relapse
Relapse is not a necessary part of recovery but if it does happen, it does not signify the end of recovery. It will be important to talk about how relapse will be handled if it takes place. It is expected that; the individual is honest about the relapse than hide it, immediately speak with their therapist in the event of relapse to better understand the process and a way forward, there will be clear consequences should relapse become a repeat issue.
- Outline household responsibilities
Individuals should perform household duties. In most cases, household responsibilities for individuals in early recovery are relatively stress-free chores. It should be noted that household responsibilities are for the upkeep of the house. This ensures the individual’s mind is focused on recovery.
- Talk about family relationships
The individual’s focus should be recovery. While family time can and should be part of the recovery, it will take some time for everyone to adjust to the new status quo and begin to develop trust again.
- Rewards and consequences often play a role
It is not possible to control whether an individual will relapse, return to active addiction or stay sober for years to come. The only thing that can be done is to create boundaries that have consequences if crossed. It is a good idea to work through this with a therapist, so there is a balanced and objective third-party view that can help determine what choices will protect everyone emotionally.