11 Ways Free Rehab Can Help Your Family

Rehab isn’t just about changing the life of the addict; it’s also about helping the family unit as a whole heal and become more successful. Call 800-564-3865 (Who Answers?) now to learn more about free rehab and how it can help your family.

1. Removing Substance Abuse from Your Family

Although it is extremely difficult to stop abusing drugs––and relapse is still a factor during recovery––those who attend treatment are much less likely to relapse than those who do not (National Institute on Drug Abuse). Naturally, this will affect your family immensely by creating a situation where substance abuse does not take center stage.

2. Family Counseling Creates Better Functioning

Many free rehab programs provide a number of additional services to patients, and one of these is likely to be couples and/or family counseling. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administration, “Family therapy can help the family as a whole recover and heal” as well as allow everyone to make positive changes that work toward better functioning in the unit as a whole.

3. You Can Learn to Avoid Enabling

Enabling behaviors are those which “support our addicted loved one’s chemical use,” as stated by the University of Pennsylvania Health System. In family counseling, patients will not only learn how to avoid drug abuse, but their loved ones can learn to avoid behaviors that will encourage that abuse.

4. Financial Help Is Part of Treatment

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Families who are struggling financially––especially as a result of substance abuse––have a number of issues, but free rehab programs will often help you and your loved ones create a budget, save for the future, and make other changes that will benefit your financial situation.

5. Treatment Strengthens Social Support Systems

Even though patients often meet new people in treatment that will allow them to be supported in their decision to stop using drugs, they will also learn to strengthen their relationships at home, especially those that support their recoveries.

6. Other Issues Will Be Addressed as Part of Treatment

Is your loved one struggling with legal issues as well as addiction? Have they lost their job to substance abuse? The NIDA states that treatment must address all issues affecting the addicted individual in addition to their drug abuse, so many rehab programs also offer vocational, educational, and legal services.

7. 24-hour Helplines Are Available

Often, families are provided with a 24-hour helpline when a loved one goes into treatment. This can allow them the ability to discuss issues at any time or to seek help immediately.

8. You Can Receive Referrals

Not every rehab program offers exactly what you will need, but many free rehab centers will also provide referrals to other programs for any additional services. This could be very helpful to your family as a whole.

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9. Your Interactions Will Become Natural

Through addiction treatment, family therapy, and a number of other services provided by your free rehab centers, your interactions with loved ones, friends, and family members will become better, more natural, and more beneficial to everyone. Soon, you will realize that your family has begun to function well even in the absence of counseling.

10. Amends Can Be Made

Often, loved ones of addicts struggle with hurt feelings or anger that is hard to let go of. But, through treatment and counseling, addicts can learn to make amends, which according to the NIDA Archives, will improve the individual’s self-esteem and feelings of self-worth, allow their loved ones to let go of anger, and lay the groundwork for forgiveness.

11. You Can Look Toward the Future

You and your family are likely bogged down by the past, as this is especially common when someone suffers from an addiction. However, treatment can actually help you create change that will allow you to start looking toward the future. You can begin to imagine what life will be like for your family in the coming months and years as you see things improve every day, and this vision will allow for the improvement of the lives of everyone in your family unit, including the recovering addict.

Call 800-564-3865 (Who Answers?) now to learn more about free rehab and to find a program that suits your needs and the needs of your loved ones.

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