Whether your health has finally hit rock bottom or you’ve come to the realization down to your very bones that it’s time to make a change, you have decided to attend rehab. This is an incredible decision to make and you should congratulate yourself on recognizing that you have a problem and require help in healing yourself.
However, admitting that you have a problem to yourself may be easier than admitting it to others. This can be especially true if they are unaware that you have a drug problem or if they were the ones who first suggest rehab to you long ago. You have been brave enough to seek help. This article will help you find the strength and words to inform your loved ones that you’re attending inpatient drug rehab.
The first aspect you need to consider when sitting down with your loved ones is the when and where. Obviously, there are certain situations that are better than others for this sort of conversation. However, you mustn’t let the settings determine if you tell them or not. After all, it can be easy to find an excuse to never tell them and just put the conversation off for a later time. That excuse can build and build until you never tell them and you either never attend rehab or you disappear for a period of time and worry your family to death.
As such, you should pro-actively do what you can to prepare the setting for the conversation. Perhaps after a nice outing with the family or dinner, when the family is feeling close-knit and supportive, you can approach them and tell them that you have to speak to them about something that concerns you. Since a drug problem is often difficult to hide, they likely can guess the topic already, so the shock of it won’t be something that you have to worry over.
The conversation topic is already vulnerable enough. You may feel like you need to close yourself off in order to protect yourself, but it’s crucial that they see how much your problem has pained you. By seeing that pain, they become more empathetic and sympathetic and have a better understanding of your needs. it may also be an excellent opportunity to discuss with them the triggers that you think were the cause of your start of drugs–if you know what they are. Together, they can ensure that when you return from rehab the triggers you experienced to start using are removed. You can come back home to a safe environment.
Stay Calm And Rational
It’s going to be easy to feel guilty. Both your loved ones and yourself will likely feel guilty over how things have transpired. For your loved ones, they may feel guilty that they were blind to your pain or were unable to help you. For yourself, you’ll likely feel like that you have caused them pain or got them into tough situations. The important thing is to remember that you’re going to receive help in order to help the situation. Emotions are going to be running high. While you can’t control how they’re going to respond, you can control yourself. Without using, do all that you can to maintain a clear head and a speak rationally and calmly.
Give Them The Specifics
Your loved ones are likely going to worry about you while you’re tucked away in rehab getting better. You can alleviate a lot of their worry by telling them what the rehab experience consists of. Although you, yourself, may not know the specifics until you’ve met with someone at the center, you can at least give them a few ideas as to how long you’ll be away, what you’re being treated for, and you can tell them about the rehab center itself, so they know where to contact you and where you’ll be.
If you require monetary support to attend rehab, this might be an opportunity to mention needing some financial assistance. Again, there might be an explosion of emotion, but you just need to remind them that this is to help you heal. Money can always be repaid. It isn’t easy to tell others that something is wrong. However, with these tips, you can craft a productive and effective conversation with your loved ones about attending inpatient drug rehab. For more information about an inpatient drug rehab program, give us a call at 844-639-8371 to heal.