Often, to get the best possible care for a loved one, family will spend enormous amounts of money on an expensive, frequently out-of-state rehab center. While there, a client goes through so many wonderful treatments: yoga, tai chi, acupuncture, massage, gourmet meals, swimming, CBT, wolf or adventure therapy (I have seen it!). Then they move back home. And all the wonderful things they were doing are, often, no longer available (or even affordable).
And relapse becomes quite likely.
Realistically, someone who is receiving all this wonderful care seems much less likely to use while they are there - who would when life is suddenly so lovely? It can be a set-up for disappointment: treatment was wonderful but life is suddenly hard again. And the treatment center's support is gone.
Residential rehab can be effective treatment, but before spending tens of thousands of dollars- consider a more local, less expensive place with compassionate staff that works with and allows for a client to make their own decisions and build a support network post-program.
At some point, your loved one will need to make their own decisions anyway. Might as well help them learn how before they leave treatment with 24/7 staff support.
When Treatment Hurts...
Alcohol and drugs turn us into super-people. Pain pills turn us into workhorses on the job. Alcohol gives us liquid courage. Take those away and we are left with something unpleasant.
Without the alcohol, we may not know how to socialize. Or we may discover we really don't like the people we tend to socialize with. Maybe we discover that we actually hate our job or that it is destroying our bodies or minds. If those things don't change, then the impetus to still use remains. Relapse then becomes, probably, a matter of time.
Take the pain away, and the urge to use becomes easier to manage because triggers are being removed.
In a word, that's what I do when I sit down with someone to help them change their relationship with alcohol or drugs. All substances are pain-killers, however they effect the brain. Sobriety brings pain front-and-center.
The best relapse prevention really is a life worth living.
Let me help you find that life.
I help people who struggle with drinking or using drugs find a life worth living. Helping people thrive in Milford, Franklin, Medway, Uxbridge, Bellingham, Mendon, Whitinsville and surrounding towns.