At the Anthony Louis Center, we know that recovery is a long road that is filled with temptations at every turn. When your child leaves rehab, it does not mean that they are “cured” or that they are “healed.”

When a patient leaves our facilities, it means that they have been taught the tools and techniques that can help them resist the urge to relapse into their addiction. Resisting temptation is a lifelong journey that will get easier with each day, as long as they have the love and support of their family.

The following are some things we know that you can expect as your child begins the next chapter of their life. We have also included some suggestions on things you can do to help support them as they move forward.

Understanding the Post-Rehab Mindset

The initial stages of the post-rehab recovery are often filled with uncomfortable moments. Your child may feel stressed over factors such as how their family will interact with them. They may ponder how their recovery will impact friendships and romantic relationships. They may also feel a strong and overwhelming urge to relapse into their addiction.

These are normal feelings, and it is important that you are there to support them as they grapple with these thoughts and emotions.

Continuing Treatment after Rehab

There are a number of ways that family and friends can help support patients in their recovery journey. This support may include driving your child to any required drug tests or counseling sessions. It may include coordinating your child’s case with their school or probation officer. It may also include participation in phone calls or appointments with your child’s physician.

The most important thing is to be present and actively involved. In our experience, the more involved the parent is in the process, the more effective the results are.

Along with being present, it is crucial for parents to create a “safe place” at home where the child can relax and process the information they will absorb during their outpatient therapy sessions.

As your child recovers, it is crucial to create a routine that your child can adopt. The more structured the environment, the easier it is to avoid the triggers that lead to relapse. As the process progresses, the structure can be relaxed as your child finds it easier to fall into a routine with which they are comfortable.

Throughout this process, it is important to instill in your child a strong sense of accountability. This is a cornerstone that they can depend on being there, and the more you strengthen the bonds of accountability and responsibility, the more confidence they will have, and the more effective their results of their recovery will be.

Anthony Louis Center

We know you have many questions about adolescent drug treatment in Minnesota. The team at On-Belay Anthony Louis Center has the answers for which you are looking. We invite you to contact us at 763-757-2906 to learn more about the ways you can help your child regain control of their future free from addiction.