Your loved one has finally taken steps to get help with their alcoholism. They will be getting treatment for their addiction for some time. Alcohol addiction is not an easy problem to fix for most people. It is often a lengthy process that can carry on for weeks, months or even years. It really all depends on the individual receiving treatment and how committed they are to recovery. In the meantime, while a lot of focus has been placed on the recovering addict, often the issues your family are left to deal with are not given proper attention. Yet, your family may exhibit problems that are in part due to having a family member in rehab. For this reason, it is important for you and your family to know that there is help available to you.
Problems Families Face When a Loved One Is in Rehab
Once your loved one enters rehab for an alcohol addiction, this can place a huge strain on your family. The person receiving addiction treatment may be the primary bread winner for your household. So, their absence can potentially lead to financial hardship and leave your family in a position where it is unable to pay the bills. You or other family members may feel responsible or guilt for your loved one’s substance abuse problem. You might even have to handle your loved one’s legal affairs while they are receiving treatment. The problems your family may be facing can be many, and they can sometimes be overwhelming too. While this can be the cause for a lot of worry for your family, it is important to understand that help does exist for your situation.
Getting Help for Families of Alcoholics
Help for your family, while your loved one is receiving treatment for their alcohol addiction, is a process. As you probably already know, nothing in life is instantaneous. However, if you work through the process with persistence, you will find that many of the burdens your family is facing can be remedied quicker than if you did not seek any help at all. One of the first steps you must take to receive help is to find support groups in your area which are designed to help you to gain access to the resources you need. Many support groups exist that can provide counseling for your family to help you to better cope with your situation. You will also be able to learn what to do and what not to do in preparation for when your loved one returns from getting treatment. These insights will be an essential part of helping your family work with your loved one to better avoid relapsing back into alcoholism. For example, you will need to be made aware of the following:
- Safeguarding your home environment
- Learning how to not be an enabler
- Triggers of a relapse
- Signs your loved one is struggling after recovery
- What to do if they start drinking again
Support groups can also put you in touch with organizations that will provide your family with financial support, food pantries for additional groceries and other counseling services that may be needed for family members still dealing with coming to grips with your loved one’s addiction. It is important that you and your family receives any help it can to lessen the burdens placed on it during this stressful time. With a network of professionals and volunteers that run these support groups, you are sure to find solutions to many of the problems your family has been confronted with throughout this ordeal. Again, this is a process, so while your situation may be dire, your patience will still be required to make progress.
Legal Issues Are Pending
While your loved one is getting treatment, this does not mean that their legal issues can be ignored. In fact, they may need to appear in court for a DUI or other legal problems. Sometimes you can find free or discounted legal help to guide you through the process of helping a loved one in this situation. A legal professional can help you to do the following:
- Document your loved one’s case
- Arrange for transportation for your loved one to make their court dates
- File court documents correctly and in a timely fashion
- Make appeals to the court
With legal counsel on your side, this will help to remove a huge load off the shoulders of you and your family. It will also provide you with more time to focus on how your loved one, who is receiving treatment for alcoholism, and your family are doing. It would be very difficult to do this if you were buried under a mountain of legal problems that you really did not know how to handle in the first place.
Now that you are aware that various types of help exists for you and your family, it is time to begin evaluating the areas where you and your family need the most help. It is best to sit down and write this out so that you make sure nothing has been left out and all the issues your family is facing are being addressed. Even if you are not sure if help exists for a particular problem, it is still important to add to the list each problem your family has been facing, as a result of a loved one entering rehab, to determine where to go to receive that help. The people running your support group will be able to direct you to organizations that are useful when attempting to meet your fundamental needs. Yet, even with the help of a support group, you may still find that you have many unresolved questions, issues and a few concerns that still need to be address to get your family back on track to a more normal life again. This is okay, it is not uncommon for families like yours to run into this type of situation. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day to help you and your family to get in contact with the help you need. Call 877-978-3148 today.