When someone you love is dealing with addiction, it can be difficult to know what to do or how to help. But, if they’re ready to get sober, one of the best things you can do is support them through detox and into recovery.
Detoxing from alcohol or drugs can be very tough, so it’s important that your loved one has all the support they need. That includes having a strong network of friends and family who are there for them during this difficult time.
If you are not sure what to do or where to start;
Here’s a look at what visiting someone at a detox center is like:
What happens when you visit someone at a detox center?
First of all, you should check with the detox center to see if there are any specific rules or regulations about visitors. Some centers may require you to check-in with security or sign in at the front desk.
When you visit someone at a detox center, the first thing you’ll likely see is a security guard. Detox centers are often located in hospitals or other secure facilities, so you’ll need to show identification and sign in before you can visit your loved one. Ensure you know where the detox center is located and how to get there ahead of time.
When you arrive at the detox center, you will likely be asked to leave your belongings in a designated area. You will then be directed to the patient’s room. It is important to remember that the patient may be tired, uncomfortable, or groggy from the detox process, so try not to overwhelm them with a conversation, and don’t be surprised if they don’t want to talk for very long. Instead, just let them know that you are there for them and that you love them.
Detox can be an intense experience, so your loved one may not be up for visitors every day. Be sure to check with the detox center staff about visiting hours and policies before you visit.
What to bring
If your loved one is in detox, they may not be able to eat or drink normally. That’s why it’s important to bring them a few special snacks or drinks that they can enjoy. You may also want to bring a book, magazine, or some other form of entertainment to help them pass the time.
Most detox centers have strict rules about what you can and cannot bring into the facility. Be sure to check with the center staff before you visit to make sure you’re bringing the right things.
What to expect
Detox can be a difficult experience for both the person going through it and their loved ones. You may see your loved one go through a range of emotions, from anger and frustration to sadness and despair.
It’s important to be patient and understanding during this time. Detox is just the beginning of the road to recovery, so don’t expect your loved ones to be “cured” after they leave detox. However, they can eventually overcome their addiction and live a healthy, sober life with your support.
If you’re visiting someone at a detox center, remember to be supportive and understanding. Be sure to check with the center staff about visitation hours and rules before you visit. And most importantly, let your loved ones know that you love them and are there for them no matter what.