Support groups help drug addicts fight relapse, says addiction specialist

Addiction specialist at Changes Rehab, Sheryl Rahme, says parents need to start support groups and change behaviour to help their children avoid a relapse.

Rahme says parents are not sufficiently equipped to deal with recovering addicts.

A lot of parents don’t change their behaviour. So they get home the parents are still drinking, taking sleeping tablets, gambling, going to the shebeens. It’s a very complex problem.

Sheryl Rahme, addiction specialist at Changes Rehab

According to Rahme, only 12% of people who go to Rehab remain clean. She says the post-rehab support is equally important as the time spent on the rehab.

It takes ages. It’s really long process. And when they go out, they don’t join support groups. They don’t realise it’s a brain illness, it’s not just a matter of choice.

Sheryl Rahme, addiction specialist at Changes Rehab

Somebody mentioned aftercare, and I really like that because aftercare is imperative for people to stay clean.

Sheryl Rahme, addiction specialist at Changes Rehab

If they don’t have a support group they feel alone, they feel isolated. There may be other underlying issues that they have not spoken about.

Sheryl Rahme, addiction specialist at Changes Rehab

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