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What to do While Your Loved One is in Detox

Getting your addicted loved one into detox is a big win for both of you. It means she has admitted her problem and wants to get better. There is still a long way to go for both of you, but if you have been shouldering the burden of her addiction for years, then helping her recover will be a much more rewarding–if occasionally frustrating–experience. At least now you’re heading in the right direction. While your loved one is going through detox, there are some ways you can help smooth the road ahead.

Find out your detox center’s visitors policies and try to be available for her during detox. Withdrawal is difficult and emotional support helps. If you can, take some time off work or get friends to help you with your responsibilities so you can be available for your loved one. That said, make sure she wants you there before you visit. Not everyone wants company when she’s sick. Also check before bringing other visitors. The last thing you want is a tense or awkward situation during withdrawal.

Many detox centers offer programs for family members. Take any opportunities the detox center offers to participate in family therapy or other support programs. In addition to the physical discomfort of withdrawal, she may be feeling like she screwed up rather badly and showing your support by showing up can help.

In all interactions, remember your loved one is already under a lot of stress being in an unfamiliar environment, suffering through withdrawal, and dealing with cravings, so cut her some extra slack. You may be accustomed to a certain level of righteous anger, but this isn’t the time for that. Now she is trying to get better and it’s hard, so even if you feel like you have a legitimate complaint, it can wait until later. Try not to take anything personally, especially during family therapy sessions.

If the detox center is not part of full treatment program, you can help by researching treatment centers. See what facilities are available in your area and try to find one that will match your loved one’s needs and personality. Different treatment centers have different approaches to treatment and different amenities. Some are pretty spartan and some have a range of holistic therapies. Look for one that’s a good fit for your loved one.

Detox is no time for anyone to be haggling with the insurance company. Do what you can to find out what your loved one’s plan covers and what it doesn’t. You can either find out from the insurance company itself, or from someone at the treatment center who specifically deals with insurance companies. If your loved one doesn’t have insurance, look into Medicare or Medicaid options and be sure to ask treatment centers about payment options. The more you can do, the less your loved one will have to worry about as she starts treatment.

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