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How to Support a Loved One During Alcohol Rehab

a woman discusses how to support a loved one during alcohol rehab with a therapist

Overcoming alcohol addiction is one of the most difficult challenges in today’s world. Because alcohol is part of daily life and culture, many people think it’s more benign than illicit or prescription drugs. Unfortunately, alcohol can be just as easy to abuse. Because alcohol is legal and easy to get, it can be even harder to go through alcohol rehab. Supporting a loved one suffering from alcohol abuse is critical during a detox and recovery program. Here are some ways you can help your loved one while they’re in an alcohol rehab program.

If you or someone you love is struggling with alcohol, the team at DetoxLA can help. Our luxury Los Angeles detox center provides evidence-based outpatient detox for alcohol and other drugs. Call us now at 818.616.7341 to learn how you can support your loved ones during detox.

What Happens During Alcohol Rehab?

Rehab begins with detox. Similar to a cleanse or detox diet, alcohol detox lasts 5-7 days. During this time, alcohol leaves the system, and the brain and body recover. Alcohol addiction causes the brain and body to rely on alcohol for certain chemical processing. The brain will stop producing chemicals it receives from alcohol. This is normal and results in emotionally, physically, and psychologically challenging withdrawal symptoms.

Medically assisted detox and psychiatric care can lessen the effects of withdrawal. During detox, clients also receive dual diagnosis treatment. This approach helps clients uncover, diagnose, and treat mental health disorders. Today almost half of those struggling with substance abuse live with co-occurring disorders like depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. Dual diagnosis treats addiction and mental health together for better results in recovery.

Psychiatric care is a critical part of addiction recovery. During detox, clients meet with our individual, group, and family therapists to uncover the roots of addiction, find support, and create change in their lives. Many programs have multiple forms of alternative therapies, but most root treatment in behavioral therapies like CBT and DBT. Behavioral therapy is the leading approach to addiction recovery because it really works!

How to Help a Loved One in a Detox Program

Knowing how to help loved ones during detox can be a challenge. It’s hard to know what someone is experiencing without understanding addiction firsthand. Here are some ways to support someone you love during alcohol rehab:

  • Ask questions to show interest in their experience
  • Keep conversations judgment-free
  • Seek your own psychiatric care
  • Cultivate a safe, sober space at home
  • Attend family therapy
  • Education yourself on addiction and recovery

The more you know and understand addiction, stress, mental health, and the relationship you and your loved ones have, the better equipped you can support them. Getting to know mental health and addiction triggers can provide a safer space for the whole family to grow together. While family can be crucial for repairing relationships, improving communication, and cultivating a substance-free home, seeking therapeutic support is just as necessary. Don’t neglect your own mental health while supporting a loved one in recovery.

Support Your Loved One With Alcohol Detox in Los Angeles at DetoxLA

Finding the right detox program can be an overwhelming first step. If your loved one is struggling, now is the time to help. If you’re looking for compassionate, innovative detox in Los Angeles, the team at DetoxLA is here to help. Our outpatient alcohol rehab programs provide clients and their families with evidence-based and holistic support. Our luxury clinic provides detox support for alcohol, opiates, benzos, and other drugs through the leading neuroscience and holistic approaches to addiction recovery. The team at DetoxLA is here to educate, treat, and empower clients throughout recovery.

 Call DetoxLA Now to Get Started!

Today is the day to support your loved one on the road to recovery. If you and your loved ones are ready to start alcohol rehab, call us today at 818.616.7341 to learn how DetoxLA can help your whole family thrive.