What Should I Do While My Husband is in Rehab?

During your husband’s journey to recovery from substance use at a treatment facility, you may be wondering how you can help. It can be challenging watching your partner go into a treatment facility, knowing their treatment will be in the hands of people you don’t know. However, if you’ve chosen a good facility, then you can be assured that your husband will come out in a better place mentally and physically if they are willing to put in the work.

It is also essential to take care of yourself while your husband is in treatment. There are many ways you can ease your mind and support your loved one while at home. 

Maintaining Life at Home

Chances are, you have been left with several responsibilities while your husband has entered rehab. Do your best to maintain life back at home, but don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. The important thing is to do your best to make sure your spouse isn’t returning to a stressful environment. 

When it comes to paying the bills, there are several grants and funding opportunities out there. Many states offer funding for those going into treatment. Both the Affordable Care Act and many health insurance companies will help pay for the cost of rehab. If your spouse is a veteran, they could also receive government funding for rehab. 

Don’t Get Too Involved Unless They Ask

Addiction recovery is a journey that each person needs to make for themselves while having a support system to back them up. Be a part of this system by supporting their decision to attend meetings, go to therapy, or enter a treatment program. 

If your spouse invites you to a meeting, then go along as support. However, if they haven’t asked you to a meeting or talked about their recovery, don’t take it personally. Not everyone wants to share every aspect of their recovery process with their spouses. Let them share with you in their own time. 

Let Them Know How Proud You Are

Deciding to enter treatment is challenging. Your partner has chosen to become a better person, and it’s something both you and your partner should be proud of. Be sure to let them know how happy you are that they decided to get better. Every little bit of love can be helpful to someone going through the recovery process. 

Consider Therapy

While this may be a personal journey for your spouse, they may also be looking to you for support. But how can you support someone if you are feeling mentally drained yourself? Seeing a therapist can offer you the opportunity to talk to someone about your feelings without the worry of being judged. There may be a lot going on in your head after your husband has entered rehab, and discussing these thoughts and feelings with a therapist can help your mental health. Speaking with a therapist can also help reduce stress, and if you are less stressed, chances are your partner will be as well. 

Pick Up a New Hobby

Having your husband in rehab can mean this is the first time you’ve been alone for a long time. Loneliness can significantly affect your mental health and is not something you want to get lost in. Finding a new hobby can help you combat this loneliness.

If you are a creative person, try to pick up an artistic hobby like painting or sculpting. Artistic pursuits can help reduce stress and give you a great sense of accomplishment. See if there are any art classes or clubs in your area. In these classes, you can learn new skills while meeting new people. 

Starting a new exercise program is another excellent way of reducing stress while maintaining physical health. If your husband is in recovery at Choice House, the chances are that they will come out with new hobbies that involve being outdoors. If you have been exercising while your spouse was in rehab, then you will both have a new hobby to enjoy when they come home. 

A Final Thought

Entering rehab can be a difficult situation for the person entering rehab and their loved ones. It is essential to maintain your mental health while your husband is in treatment so that you can provide them with a sound support system. Do your best to keep yourself in high spirits and try to be patient with your spouse. They are doing something that will improve both your lives. 


If your husband has gone into rehab, you might find yourself having a hard time figuring out what to do. You may feel as if you’re not helping them in recovery, but that isn’t true. By offering your husband support during recovery, you are a big help. It is crucial to maintain your mental health to provide your husband with the best support. Your spouse being in rehab offers you the perfect opportunity to pick up new hobbies or see a therapist, both of which are great for your mental health. You can trust that your husband will be in good hands at Choice House. We have a team of professional therapists and staff members who will help your husband recover and learn valuable life skills. We also have a great community of other men who will provide your husband with support from inside the facility. For more information on Choice House, call us at (720) 577-4422.

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