When Your Loved One Comes Home
Understanding the Discharge Process
Throughout treatment, patients will participate in discharge planning to make sure that they have the skills they need to succeed in recovery. Near the end of treatment, your loved one will start working with our discharge planners to craft a strategy for recovery.
Your loved one will attend several lecture courses and be connected with 12-step meetings and AA chapters near their home. He or she will also have the option of joining our extensive alumni network for access to facility news and alumni events.
For those returning to different parts of the country, staff at Sunrise House will help connect them with local chapters of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, as well as outpatient programs, during the discharge process.
Picking Up Your Loved One
If you are within driving distance, you may pick up your loved one after discharge procedures have been completed. It is important to coordinate with your Family Counselor before agreeing to a pick-up time.
Are There Any Sober Living Options Nearby?
Sunrise House will soon be opening Resolutions Franklin, a sober living home in the nearby township of Franklin, New Jersey. When opened, this male-only facility will allow those who have completed residential treatment at Sunrise House a safe place to live and work on their recovery. It will also allow them to continue working with the counselor(s) they had during their residential treatment.
Ways to Support Your Loved One
One of the best ways to support a love one transitioning into recovery after attending a treatment program is to be supportive. Oftentimes, lending an empathetic and nonjudgmental ear to their struggles can go a long way.
You can also offer support by helping your loved one search for outpatient programs, local AA meetings, sober living facilities, or other avenues for continuing care.
Understand the Nature of Relapse
Relapse is a part of many people’s journey to recovery, but it’s important to understand that it is not a failure. Recovery is about progress, not perfection. Still, family members should not shy away from discussing your loved one’s relapse prevention plan.
All patients at Sunrise House will attend relapse prevention groups and should have a defined plan by the time they leave the program. Relapse prevention is also covered in Sunrise House’s family lectures. Familiarity with the nature of relapse and ways to prevent it is one of the best ways for family members to provide support for a loved one in recovery.
Addiction takes its toll on everyone it touches, not just the addicted individual. Both you and your loved one may find value in attending family therapy sessions. Your involvement in therapy with your loved one will help to heal conflicts and address lingering issues that cause strain in your relationship and may contribute to relapse.
Aside from the lecture series, which can help you find new ways of viewing your loved one’s addiction, family and friends are invited to attend alumni events.
Ways to Support Yourself
Addiction is stressful and traumatic for the family members of those who are struggling. It can take a toll on your health, job, finances and many other areas of your life. It is important, first and foremost, to set healthy boundaries, and not let yourself get overwhelmed by attempting to resolve somebody else’s struggles.
Remember: you didn’t Cause it, you can’t Control it, and you can’t Cure it. But you CAN be there for your loved one, whether that be in accompanying them to recovery meetings, spending quality time with them, and helping them stick to their aftercare plan.
Your Family Counselor and the discharge planners at Sunrise House will work with you to help you and your loved ones find relevant recovery groups, such as:
- Al-Anon – Support group for those individuals whose lives have been impacted by another’s alcohol use.
- Nar-anon – Support group for those who love someone affected by drug addiction.
- Alateen – The young people’s version of Al-Anon.
- Co-dependents Anonymous – A 12-step group design to support people who have trouble developing and maintaining healthy and functional relationships.