Tips on Visiting Your Family Member in Rehab

iStock_000038369374_SmallIf you have a family member who is in an addiction rehab center, you may want to go visit them. You may have to check with the rehab to make sure they are allowed to receive visitors because there are different rules and guidelines for this at depending on the rehab that your family member is at. There are some tips on visiting your family member in a rehab. These tips are important so you don’t disrupt the progress your family member is making during their addiction treatments. Some of the tips on visiting your family member in a rehab that should be followed include:

  • Encourage your family member. Even after they leave the rehab, the recovery process is a long road. They need to know that you are there for them and you back them up. This can help them to feel more supported and lower their chances of having a relapse when they get out.
  • Leave the drama at home. If there is anything going on in your life that is dramatic or negative in any way they don’t need to know about it. Any drama or negativity is only going to stress them out and distract them from their recovery program.
  • Visit them when you are allowed. This is especially important if your family member is staying for a longer time frame. Whenever you are allowed to go based on the rehab’s rules, it is important that you go as often as you can. This will help your family member to know you still care about them and that you are there to support their progress.
  • Talk with the staff about the progress. If your family member has authorized the approval, you can do this. You will be able to talk with the staff members to see how they are doing, what you can do to help, to see if there is anything you should be preparing for when they come home and you can talk to them about other things as well.

These are some of the tips on visiting your family member in a rehab center. This can be hard for you but just think, it is even harder for them. They more than likely already had a difficult enough time asking for help and they probably don’t want you to see them as they are in early recovery. However, when you go, if you do the things above and let them know you are there for them, that can help a great deal.