The big day is finally arriving when your spouse comes home from rehab. It is an exciting moment for you and your family because your family can become complete again and start the healing process. However, how do you know what to expect when your spouse comes from rehab?
Difficulty Sleeping Through the Night
You will find your spouse has difficulty sleeping through the night. They may wake up with night sweats or crave certain foods. Your spouse may have nightmares of their experiences with addiction or of the detoxing nights at the rehab facility. Your spouse could awaken and not realize they are at home. You can expect to soothe your spouse at night and offer to watch television with them or they can read a book to get their mind off the nightmare.
Isolation from Other Family Members
You will find that your spouse will isolate themselves from other family members for a number of reasons. It’s not good for your spouse to be around old friend and family members that may engage in drug and alcohol activities. Your spouse would have had counseling sessions regarding how to avoid those situations.
They will also isolate themselves from others because of their emotional state. They may feel embarrassed about the situation and not quite ready to deal with others and their questions. Your spouse does not want to feel like they have babysitters all around them.
Trust Issues between You Both
Another thing to expect from your spouse after rehab is trust issues. You may always think they are going to relapse. You may feel you need to watch their every move. Your spouse may feel you don’t care for them the same as before the problems arose. They may have concerns that you are not in their corner.
Walking on Eggshells
You and your family members may feel the need to walk on eggshells around your spouse. You all may not want to discuss certain things around them. Keep your home clean and avoid confrontational situations. During rehab, your spouse’s counseling sessions should have revealed the root of their addiction. It could have stemmed from household bills, overwhelming feelings of dealing with a new family, or on the job responsibilities. It is important to avoid situations that are known to upset your spouse and send them off the edge.
Enrollment in Counseling
After your spouse has come home from rehab, you should enroll in couples or family counseling. Counseling is a good way for you to understand what your spouse is currently going through. The goal of counseling is to be current with your spouse and set goals with them. It’s a way to have open communication and both of you feel safe in your discussions.
It will be a tough road when your spouse returns home. It is important to be supportive and optimistic about their recovery. Once they are released from rehab, it is up to you and your family to help see them through successfully.