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What to Do for a Loved One Who Needs Treatment

During Treatment

1. Breathe

Just Breath Kids (vimeo.com)

2. Prepare how you want to respond to tough phone calls and recognize ups and downs are often a part of the process, including supporting your loved one. Reinforce your loved one's decision to seek help. 

How You Can Help (justfive.org)

Supporting a loved one dealing with mental and/or substance use disorders - Conversation Guide (SAMHSA.org)

Supporting Your Loved One

3. Communicate questions that you have regarding treatment process and next steps with counselor. Encourage your loved one to include you in the treatment process by opening a release of information.

Questions for Counselor

4. Recognizing that there will be ongoing recommendations and steps following treatment, familiarize yourself with recommendations and resources, i.e., what does insurance cover and not cover, what is feasible, alternatives if needed? (Talk with your insurance provider).

After Addiction Treatment | Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment (justfive.org)

Long-Term Recovery Support | Alcohol Treatment Navigator | NIAAA (nih.gov)

FAQs: Searching for Alcohol Treatment | Navigator | NIAAA (nih.gov)

5. During and post treatment, seek ongoing support for yourself and other family members. (Education family programs, therapist, support groups, etc)

Support for Families of Addicts | Family Program | Hazelden Betty Ford Helping Families Help

Consult your Employee Assistance Program and Health Insurance card

Family Resources - The Daily Pledge

Taking Care of Yourself | Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

 

 

Before Treatment

1. Educate yourself on disease of SUD (substance use disorder)

Signs, Symptoms, & Treatment – Hazelden (justfive.org)

What is substance abuse treatment? (samhsa.gov)

SAMHSA Families Conversation Guide

Addiction: Is addiction really a disease? (DVD Trailer) - YouTube

Find out if you or a loved one have a substance use issue (shatterproof.org)

2. Understand how your insurance works and covers/authorizes treatment

Insurance Coverage for Drug Rehab | Rehab Costs | Hazelden Betty Ford

Find out how to pay for treatment (shatterproof.org)

Fiind Treatment (findtreatment.gov)

3. Research treatment options & what family support they offer

How to Find the Best Addiction Treatment Center | Hazelden Betty Ford

Learn about different types of treatment (shatterproof.org)

Qustions to Ask Treatment Providers (nih.gov)

Fiind Treatment (findtreatment.gov)

FAQs: Searching for Alcohol Treatment | Navigator | NIAAA (nih.gov)

4. Get support for YOU (therapist, CRAFT counseling/group, support groups)

Support for Families of Addicts | Family Program | Hazelden Betty Ford Helping Families Help

Al-Anon Meeting Search

Caretaker Support Services | Alcohol Treatment Navigator | NIAAA (nih.gov)

Reach out to your Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) or Health Insurance Company

5. Ask questions of professionals and lean on them for resources 

FAQs about Treatment at Hazelden Betty Ford

Addiction Treatment 101: 5 Questions to Ask When Your Loved One Needs Help (shatterproof.org)

 

After Treatment

1. Be prepared to discuss and stick with your boundaries, while positively reinforcing healthy behaviors

Boundaries and Self-Care | Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Setting Boundaries in Addiction Recovery | Hazleden Betty Ford (hazeldenbettyford.org)

How to Clarify Your Boundaries with Want Willing Won’t (helpingfamilieshelp.com)

2. Communicate, communicate, communicate

Helpful Communication Skills

Effective Communication Skills: How to Do It (helpingfamilieshelp.com)

How do I best talk to my loved one about the impact of their use? (helpingfamilieshelp.com)

3. Talk about a relapse prevention plan for your family: what are triggers in environment, healthy communication, trust building behaviors, supports (sponsor, friend, therapist, etc.), response/plan should relapse occur.

Understanding Relapse and The Risks | Hazelden Betty Ford

Preventing Relapse | Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Getting Sober and Staying Sober Podcast | Hazelden Betty Ford

4. Find fun ways to spend time with loved one and recognize it is not your job to keep your loved one sober, they are responsible for their own recovery. Support and reinforce recovery behaviors.

About Soberocity - Soberocity.com

National Sober Active Community | The Phoenix

Fit to Recover (fit2recover.org)

5. Continue with ongoing support for self (education, therapist, recovery coach, support groups, etc)

Support for Families of Addicts | Family Program | Hazelden Betty Ford Helping Families Help

Family Resources - The Daily Pledge

Taking Care of Yourself | Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

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