When a Family Member Needs Heroin Rehab
When you realize that your loved one needs heroin rehab, your emotions may run the gamut from fear to relief to embarrassment and more. In fact, for you, the process of discovering and dealing with your loved one’s heroin addiction has been nothing short of an emotional roller coaster, one that has taxed you mentally, emotionally and physically since the day you suspected there was a problem. Now that your loved one is enrolled in heroin rehab, you can begin to relax and return the focus of your life back on you rather than your loved one’s addiction.
At Orchid Recovery Center, we are here to support you as well as your family member who is undergoing treatment with us. We can work with you to create a heroin intervention and will welcome you to family visiting days and family therapy sessions later in treatment. Your support is important to your loved one and will be instrumental in her recovery when she returns home.
Heroin Rehab and the Family: Don’t Blame Yourself
It’s common for those who are close to a heroin addict to blame themselves both for the addiction itself and the effects of that addiction. Chances are, the heroin addict in your life has only added to that notion but blaming you herself. She may say that your actions put her in a position where her only choice was to use heroin. Or that if you had helped her with money or some other assistance, then she would have been able to break her addiction to the drug. She may even blame you for sending her to heroin rehab.
It’s important for you to know that you are not to blame for the choices that others make, including your loved one. By helping her get into rehab, you are giving her the only chance she has at saving her own life. Just as it was her choices that led her to her addiction, only her choices will be able to lead her out of it.
Heroin Rehab and the Family: You Can Stop Focusing on the Addict in Your Life
When someone you love is addicted to heroin, the entire household quickly becomes focused on her addiction, her actions under the influence or in service of obtaining more of the drug. Family members may start covering for their loved one’s addiction, lying for her at work or school or with friends, anything to maintain the appearance of normalcy. This endeavor to pretend that everything is okay is nothing short of impossible and will suck the energy and life out of everything else. Now that your addict is in treatment, you can relax. You can go back to investing your energy into yourself: your own interests, your own hobbies, your own career. When your loved one goes to heroin rehab to free herself from addiction, it can be a freeing experience for you as well.
Heroin Rehab and the Family: Your Turn to Get Treatment for Codependency
The problem with heroin addiction in the family is that it turns everyone around the addict into codependents. You may feel that if you act or behave in a certain way or do certain things that it will make a difference in your loved one’s experience of heroin addiction, that perhaps she will stop or that, at the very least, the drug won’t destroy her. Unfortunately, your actions won’t change the fact that your loved one is addicted to heroin, but now that she’s getting help, you have the time to get help through therapy and support groups for the trauma you experienced due to her addiction.
Heroin Rehab at Orchid Recovery Center
At Orchid Recovery Center, we know that a woman’s family is her best support when she is undergoing heroin addiction treatment. We provide family therapy as a part of her recovery process. If you would like more information about our services, contact us at Orchid Recovery Center today.