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How Going to Rehab Will Affect Your Family and Friends

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction is a chronic disease that goes untreated far too often. When people suffering from this disease decide to get help, they have a number of decisions to make, and consequences to consider. One of the best treatment options for addiction and substance abuse is rehab. However, there are many things to consider before entering into a rehab facility. One of the most important, and overlooked, is how going to rehab will affect your family and friends.

People Who React Negatively

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Anyone who truly cares about your health and well-being will likely support your decision to attend rehab.

People that you know will typically react one of three ways to you going to rehab. The first of these is, negatively. Some of the people that may react in a negative manner to your choice to go to rehab include:

  • Friends you abused drugs with
  • Your drug dealer
  • Friends and neighbors that took advantage of you while you were under the influence
  • Friends or family members that had a vested interest in your continued drug abuse

It should be noted that none of these people were really your friends. If they are completely unsupportive of your efforts to make yourself better, they have no place in your life moving forward.

People Who React Indifferently

There are also some people in your life that may react indifferently. These people may not be bad for your recovery, but they may not necessarily be good either. Some of these may be:

  • Acquaintances
  • Co-workers
  • Friends or family that have already cut you out of their lives
  • Exes

It is possible that once you are out of rehab, and recovering from your substance abuse that many of these people may start to become closer to you, and have a more positive outlook. However, you should be prepared for this not to happen as well.

How Family Members can Support the Recovering Addict

People Who React Positively

Just as there are people that will have negative reactions, or no reaction at all, to you going to rehab, there are people that will have very positive reactions. All of the people closest to you would fall into this group. This includes:

  • Close family members
  • Your children
  • Your significant other
  • Your closest friends
  • Everyone that cares about you and has been affected by your drug abuse

These are the people that care the most about you, and are most likely to be supportive of your efforts to become drug free. The road to recovery is not an easy one, and you will need all of the help you can get.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, illicit drug use is, once again, on the rise across the country. If you are one of these millions of people suffering from the disease of addiction, and are considering entering a rehab program, it is important to think about how it will affect those around you. However, what is most important is getting the help you need, before you become another statistic. Call us at 800-481-6320 for help finding a treatment center.

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