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Tell your friends and family that you are going to rehab

Deciding to seek help with an addiction is not an easy task. The first steps on the road to recovery can be intimidating and overwhelming. Accepting that you need help is certainly one of the hardest parts of the treatment journey, but it is natural to worry about the possible negative outcomes of your decision. Telling your friends and family that you are in rehab can create fear of an adverse reaction.

The effects of addiction aren’t just limited to the user. The life and mental health of the social environment of a user, friends and family alike can be affected. For this reason, it is important to take these people into account when deciding on treatment in rehab. It can be stressful wondering how your friends and family might react when you open up to them about your addictions and the decision you made to seek help. Despite this fear, having a strong support group is an important part of the rehab process, so it is important to have your friends and family on board.

Here are some tips on how to tell your friends and family that you are in rehab.

Pick a time and place

When bringing the news to your friends and family, it is important to have a plan. To avoid an ambush, make sure you allow adequate time for this potentially difficult conversation. You don’t want to tell your mom that you’re going to be treated for an addiction while she rushes out to get groceries. To admit this level in such a situation could be very overwhelming. Give your friends and family the time they need to process and accept what you have told them.

The location of that conversation can be just as important. You should choose a place where the person you are telling is comfortable expressing themselves. A public place like a restaurant is not ideal because the environment in which you are conversing with other people does not allow everyone to speak freely.

Be open and honest

Up to this point, it is possible that you have not been completely honest with the people in your life. While specific details may not be required, this conversation provides an opportunity to be open and share the depth of your struggle with addiction. If you reveal some of your dishonesty and inadequacies, you will likely prove to your friends and family that rehab is a serious decision. It’s also possible that your friends and family already know that you weren’t honest with them, and getting clean can also build a sense of trust.

Be understanding

As mentioned earlier, addiction can affect anyone in a user’s life. Your struggle with an addiction has likely caused fighting for your friends and family. Since their needs correlate with yours, their feelings are just as significant. Whenever you tell your friends and family that you are going into rehab, it is important to acknowledge their feelings and their perspective on the situation. Let them know that you understand and accept how they are feeling. Likewise, you should indicate that the lines of communication are open by welcoming any questions or concerns they have. This conversation can also be a good time to tell your friends and family that you are sorry for the negativity causing your addiction and that you are ready to go to rehab to reduce the chance of further pain .

Write a letter

If sitting face-to-face with your friends and family is too daunting, there are other forms of communication you can use to share your decision to go into rehab. One of these ways is to write letters to anyone you want to inform. A letter is very different from a conversion, but it is still a very personal way of communicating. Additionally, a letter can help you be more aware of what you are saying and how you are phrasing your messages. It also removes their ability to react in real time, which is less stressful and gives them more time to process the information.

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Don’t try to predict the unknown

Trying to predict how other people will react to something can be very stressful. You will never really know how your friends and family will react to the fact that you are struggling with the addiction and that you have decided to go into rehab until you tell them. Because of this, the most helpful tip is to remind yourself that you’ve already done the hardest part, which is accepting that you need help. If you are confident and confident in making this decision, the other steps in the treatment process, including notifying your friends and family that you are going to rehab, will be much easier.

If you are struggling with substance use disorder and are seeking treatment, contact a treatment provider today.

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