How to Get By When a Close One Starts Alcohol Rehab


When alcohol addicts and abusers check into alcohol rehab centres for the first time, the effects on their family and friends could be huge. When somebody close to you starts this type of treatment, it is completely natural to be filled with a number of highly confusing and conflicting feelings. Enthusiasm, fear, optimism, concern – all overloading your mind. And naturally, you’d like to do absolutely everything you can to assist them, but at the same time, you might find yourself having trouble dealing with the reality of what is going on.

The good news is that right now, the rehab centres and treatment facilities the UK public has an easy access to are some of the best the whole country has ever seen. As far as the professionals are concerned, there’s no such thing as a case too advanced or severe that can’t be turned away in a radical way, nor does the best rehab centres available have to be completely unaffordable. Still, much of what happens when it comes to the patient’s success will always come down to the help and support provided by their close ones.

So, in order to offer the best help and support possible, it is crucial that you and everybody else involved take a step back and look at your own situation. If you’re having problems remaining level-headed, objective and focused, the following tips might help:

1 – Self-Focus

First up, it is important to accept that the individual beginning rehab is far from the only individual affected by what is going on. It is not a case of having a “victim” status too, or debating who is suffering most, but instead realising it is a pretty difficult time for many people. You will be riddled with conflicting and confusing feelings, while at the same time will no doubt have a hundred and one questions to ask. Therefore, you need to ensure you allow yourself sufficient time, focus and attention, in order to process what is happening. Put simply, cut yourself some slack.

2 – Avoid Blame

This is exactly the kind of case in which playing the blame game won’t help anyone. If anything, it will simply make things worse. Regardless of the reason why the individual concerned developed an alcohol issue, what matters most now is that they’re being helped to move away from it. Beginning rehab means acknowledging mistakes, facing up the reality of things and looking ahead. By contrast, playing the blame game is about looking back and needlessly pointing fingers. No matter whom you blame, be it the patient, yourself or anyone else across the board, getting bogged down in blame will usually be counterproductive.

3 – Seek Help

One of the most important things anyone dealing with this kind of reality could do is to remember that they’re most certainly not alone. Quite to the contrary in fact, there are so many others going through precisely the same at any time. Support groups can be great, but there are also many online communities specifically dedicated to this exact subject. Not only does it help to remember that you’re not alone, but it is also the ideal opportunity to discuss things with others. Share your experiences, provide advice and generally take advantage of the support of those who know precisely what you’re going through.

4 – Don’t Forget to Live Your Life

It might come across as easier said than done, but you nevertheless need to make the necessary efforts to carry one living your life as much as you can and as normally as you can. Your instincts will most likely tell you that your life is basically over for now and that you have to commit yourself 100% to your loved one who is in rehab. Nevertheless, if you give up on your life and all things that make you happy, you’ll quickly start to resent the whole process and even maybe the person in question. As mentioned before, attention and time for yourself are of crucial importance and should be provided in generous measures.

5 – Take Your Time 

Last but not least, it’s absolutely impossible to know precisely how long the recovery process will take until it happens. Therefore, it is never a good idea to map out goals that are a bit on the unrealistic side, fall foul of expectations or simply measure an individual’s progress against some set “norms”. Their journey will be entirely unique from start to finish, which means patience is of crucially important. And if there is any kind of a roadblock along the way, patience will make sure that the next time things will pan out in a more successful manner.