Learning to Trust Loved One After Addiction Treatment

Jul 9, 2019 | Relapse Prevention

As a family member or close friend who saw the whole process before, during, and after treatment, you know with painful clarity what it feels like to watch your loved one struggle and sometimes fail, slipping back into old, dangerous habits, perhaps multiple times.  Now that he or she has finished treatment, how can you begin to rebuild that damaged or broken trust and put your faith in that person’s inner strength, when you have watched them struggle for so long? So, how do we trust a loved one after addiction treatment? Can we trust them?

When a person finishes treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction, often after a roller coaster of ups and downs along the way, venturing back out into daily life can be harrowing.  Recovery patients, in their minds, must come to terms with their struggles and inner demons and learn to cope with life’s setbacks without turning to drugs or alcohol anymore. From the perspective of a loved one on the outside looking in, this process can be terrifying to watch. 

Trust and Support Can Make or Break a Person’s Recovery

Learning to trust a loved one after addiction treatment is a crucial step for both of you to be able to move forward.  When recovered patients face disappointment, a lack of trust, or even the expectation of failure from family members and friends, those negative feelings can become self-fulfilling prophecies.  It is much harder for patients to fight both their internal battles and external battles with loved ones who have lost faith and trust. 

Having a stable support network, on the other hand, gives patients essential reassurance, support, and a desire to be responsible and accountable.  If your loved one knows he or she can always turn to you for encouragement to stay on track, there is no need to hide struggles and setbacks and try to deal with them alone.  If your loved one knows you believe in them, they will want to prove you right and avoid letting you down.

How Modern Recovery Can Help

Modern Recovery bridges the gap between treatment and reintegration into home life.  The Modern Recovery coaches and our accountability app work seamlessly to ease the transition back into daily life, so it doesn’t have to happen in one swift, stark change after treatment ends.  Our program not only maximizes clients’ chances of successful long-term recovery, but it provides much-needed peace of mind for friends and family.

Extending the Recovery Period

Your loved one will have professional, round-the-clock access to help and support for an extra 90 days after addiction treatment ends.  There is no need to go from a treatment facility with 24/7 care to home life with no care at all in the space of one day. MRS provides a safe, the stable halfway point between treatment and daily life that eliminates that stark contrast and helps patients build naturally toward self-sufficiency.

Reinforcing Accountability

Your loved one will likely be referred to therapists, recovery meetings, and other recovery resources after treatment ends.  MRS coaches know that attending these meetings and therapy sessions and making use of all available resources is an integral part of staying accountable and clean over the long term. 

Coaches use the MRS accountability app’s geo-tracking function to make sure your loved one is checking in to scheduled sessions on time, every time, and is staying there for the entire duration.  If habits start to slip, the coach will be alerted that the client is falling behind and will intervene proactively, before a relapse occurs.

Giving You Access to Regular Updates

Not only will your coach have continuous access to your loved one’s status and progress, but you also will too.  You, as a vital member of your loved one’s support network, have access to updates and notifications about how he or she is doing on a daily or weekly basis.  You can check-in easily, be in contact immediately, and notice if something starts to seem off. Over time, as your loved one checks in to meetings, attend therapy sessions regularly, and thrives in a progressively more independent environment, your trust will rebuild naturally, and you both can keep moving in a positive, healthy direction.