When someone asks, “What’s your New Year’s Resolution?” you usually expect to hear the old cliches: like, “I want to eat better,” or, “I want to work out more!” Yawn. Here’s one that’s actually worth keeping: “Get clean and sober.” This year, help your loved one out by suggesting the New Year’s Resolution they really need — drug or alcohol addiction recovery.
If you’re reading this, you’ve probably watched your loved one struggle with substance abuse for months or even years. You can probably think of at least one event that was ruined by their drunken or drugged up debauchery. This year, you can choose a different path. Suggest residential addiction treatment to help get your spouse or partner clean and sober — at last. At Transformations Care, we know from personal and professional experience what works and what doesn’t. Check out these tips on how to suggest and support your loved one in the new year and a new path of recovery.
Getting Clean & Sober
Addiction sucks, and not just for the addict or alcoholic. Watching someone you love stuck in the vicious cycle of addiction is frustrating, confusing, and completely heartbreaking. Addiction is a son of a b**ch, and once it’s in your life, it can completely ravage everything and everyone you love.
Most people in that cycle reach a point where it feels as if your whole life is constantly about to fall apart because of your partner’s addiction and the repercussions that it comes with. Maybe their drug habit has burned through the entire family’s savings or caused legal trouble. You’ve probably even been lying and making excuses for your spouse and their actions, too. It’s been an extremely tough year for everyone, but watching a loved one struggle with addiction is a unique kind of torture.
The truth is, addiction is a disease. If left untreated, it’s deadly. Have a talk with your addicted spouse about getting clean and sober in the new year with residential addiction treatment.
Approaching Your Loved One About Their Addiction
Talking about addiction is awkward, but important. Whether you’ve talked to your spouse about their substance abuse issues a couple times before or a million, here’s the best way to approach your partner about getting clean and sober this New Year.
- Approach your partner in a calm and respectful manner.
- Don’t be accusatory or bring up the past when talking to your partner about seeking treatment.
- Ask your spouse how you can help them get clean, rather than trying to control them.
- Don’t use ultimatums to get your partner to seek addiction treatment. This can cause resentments later on.
- Leave the conversation open-ended, so even if your partner says “No” to getting residential addiction treatment at first, they’ll have the opportunity to come back once they’ve calmed down and agree to get help.
- Don’t give up on them. Remember: You love them and want them to get better for themselves and your family.
- Offer your partner solutions instead of just criticism. Suggest options for residential addiction treatment.
How to Support Your Partner’s Addiction Recovery
Every day is a good day to help someone get clean and sober. But if you’ve been putting it off, use the new year as a reason to finally approach your loved one about their substance abuse issues. You might even want to try it during their New Year’s Day hangover.
For more tips on approaching your addicted partner and the importance of them seeking addiction treatment, reach out to Transformations Care’s admissions team.
Once your spouse has agreed to make getting clean and sober their New Year’s resolution, the work doesn’t end there, though. While your partner is at a residential addiction treatment program, they still need your support.
So what are some ways you can help? Do your research on addiction. The more you understand it, the more you can understand your partner’s struggle. You also can help them by making a recovery-friendly environment at home for when your partner returns from addiction treatment. It’s also crucial for you to attend Al-Anon or CODA meetings (group support meetings for the loved ones of alcoholics or addicts). For more information, check out our blog post about Al-Anon, or give us a call and we can find meetings online or near you.
At Transformations Care, we not only get your spouse clean and sober; but also, we teach healthy communication, relapse prevention, and alternative coping mechanisms. By entrusting us with your spouse’s detox and residential addiction treatment, you can be sure that they’ll return to you on the path to a better life. Give us a call at 424.339.0965, to change both of your lives.
Getting Clean & Sober at Home
Today, more than 75% of hospitals and healthcare providers offer access to telehealth treatment, with 29 states having gone so far as to enact telehealth parity laws, which force insurance companies to reimburse patients for telehealth at the same rates as they would for in-person treatment.
If you’ve been thinking about getting clean and sober, or if you’ve been wanting to work on and strengthen the recovery you already have, it’s never been easier to do it through telehealth.
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