Josh Chandler | April 25, 2022

Helpful Things to Say to Someone in Rehab

Encouraging Words for Someone in Rehab

Deciding to reach out for help due to a drug or alcohol addiction is one of the most challenging decisions a person will need to make. Several emotions come along with this decision. For example, people in recovery or thinking about recovery often feel a certain level of embarrassment or shame as a result of the choices that they made during the time that they were in active addiction. Therefore, once your loved one chooses to commit to an addiction recovery process, you must find the right words to say to them as they begin to work through their recovery journey. 

Something that is always strongly recommended is that you work closely with the addiction treatment team of the person in recovery. Although you may think that you know every detail about drug addiction or alcohol addiction, it’s important to remember that during the early stages of recovery, what you say to a person in recovery can make all the difference in the world as to whether they continue in their recovery or they resort back to their addictive ways. 

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What to Say to Someone in Rehab

You can say many things to a friend or a loved one to encourage them to remain on the path they have chosen when navigating through the addiction treatment process. Here are a few examples: 

  • I am so proud of you 
  • How are things going? 
  • I am here for you 
  • Remember to take things one day at a time 
  • Take the time that you need to focus on you 
  • You are not alone 

Any one of these positive affirmations can help a person to remember that the steps that they are taking in their addiction recovery journey are all things that will help them in the long run. It’s important to remember that your loved one is going through a unique and life-changing journey. Once they have come to a place where they are finally taking steps to address their addiction, you should always do everything you can to encourage them and help them continue moving forward in their recovery journey. 

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What NOT to Say to Someone in Rehab

Although there are several things that you can say to a person to encourage them to go to addiction treatment, there are countless things that you should always avoid saying. Here are a few examples: 

Are you sure that you really need to go to rehab? 

In many cases, a person may still be on the edge of whether or not their addiction warrants them going to formal treatment. If a person has decided to seek treatment, this is never something you should question, and instead, you should encourage them to do what they feel is right for them. 

So you mean you can never get drunk or high again?

Yes. When a person commits to going through an addiction treatment program to get sober, that is precisely what rehab means. One of the fatal and dangerous steps that a person can take when it comes to their own recovery is trying to romanticize their addiction. They tend to remember only the “good” times instead of all of the chaos that their addiction caused. Therefore, asking them whether or not they will ever be able to get high or get drunk again goes directly against the goal that they are trying to accomplish by going to treatment. 

What was your rock bottom? 

The rock bottom for every person is different. In most cases, it is a particularly painful memory, especially during their initial treatment. Therefore, unless a person offers this information, it’s best not to ask. If and when they feel comfortable sharing about it, they will. 

I know exactly how you’re feeling. 

Even if you have struggled with your own addiction, it’s impossible to know exactly what another person is feeling through the treatment process. Remember, addiction impacts every person differently. As a result, the response to dependence and addiction recovery will differ for every person. Stating that you know how that person is feeling undercuts the emotions that that person may actually be feeling and can lead them to question the steps they are taking. 

Addiction Treatment at Muse

When your loved one is ready to commit to addiction treatment, there is no better option than the treatment programs available through Muse Treatment Center. Before you or your loved one can consider an alcohol or drug rehab program, you may need to work through a detox program. Medical detox can provide you with the initial foundation to begin your recovery journey. Depending on the severity of your addiction, it’s likely that you will start to experience specific withdrawal symptoms, which will make it all but impossible for you to care for yourself. Our top-rated addiction treatment centers offer a medical detox program for every type of substance use disorder. The treatment center’s team will quickly ensure that you have the help and support you need during this stage of your treatment. Drug or alcohol detox also comes with the added advantage of having access to certain types of medications that can help you better manage your cravings and help keep you focused on your overall recovery. 

Once you complete a medical detox program, you will be in a much better frame of mind to absorb the essential tools you will learn when you’re in alcohol or drug rehab. Many people want to continue in the same type of setting that a detox program provides, and therefore, they decide to commit to a residential treatment program. Residential treatment will provide you with the same round-the-clock care that you received while you were in detox. You will have unlimited access to your treatment team, and you will also interact with other people who are working through their own recovery journey. During this time, you will take a deep dive into the events in your life that may have triggered your drug abuse and learn what you can do to overcome and heal from them. 

Many people cannot commit to residential treatment for one reason or another. If you find yourself in this position, you would still be a suitable candidate for outpatient addiction treatment. During outpatient treatment programs such as intensive outpatient or general outpatient treatment, you will have the flexibility that you may need to work or go to school. Your treatment team will still work closely with you during your time in drug abuse treatment and will always make any changes or adjustments that may be needed to your program. 

Regardless of whether you decide to work through a residential treatment program, an intensive outpatient program, or a general outpatient treatment plan, any person in rehab will need to participate in different forms of addiction therapy. Although the premise of treatment may sound scary or overwhelming, the holistic therapies that we offer at Muse Treatment Center will help you heal from the events in your life that may have contributed to your addiction. Just a few examples of the different types of addiction therapy that you will experience during your time in addiction treatment include: 

  • Group therapy 
  • Behavioral therapy 
  • Trauma therapy 
  • Individual therapy 
  • Family therapy 

Combining all of these forms of therapy will help you better understand the events in your life that led to your addiction. At Muse Treatment Center, we will help you through the therapy process in such a way as to address these events while avoiding causing you any further trauma. We will also take the time to explain to you what you will experience during these forms of therapy so that you feel completely comfortable and at ease with the process. 

If you or your loved one has hit rock bottom and are ready to commit to an addiction treatment program, Muse Treatment Center is to help. We offer comprehensive substance abuse treatment programs that can help any person tackle the root cause of their addiction issues. Our treatment programs will help you understand that addiction is a disease and requires a unique level of care. Our addiction treatment programs also incorporate relapse prevention techniques that can help you avoid relapse issues as you make strides in your recovery journey. We encourage you to get in touch with us today and meet our team so that you can learn more about how our staff can help you to work through your drug or alcohol addiction. For more information, please get in touch with us at (800) 426-1818

Josh Chandler
Josh Chandler
After growing up in Chicago and North Carolina, Josh chose to get help with substance use disorder and mental health in California because of the state's reputation for top-tier treatment. There, he found the treatment he needed to achieve more than five years of recovery. He's been in the drug and alcohol addiction rehab industry for four years and now serves as the Director of Admissions for Resurgence Behavioral Health. Josh remains passionate about the field because he understands that one phone call can alter the course of a person's life.

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