If you have a loved one in rehab, it goes without saying that they have your full support.
However, whether they’re in inpatient or outpatient rehab, it’s still only natural that you’d want to make sure they know how much you care.
That’s why gifts for someone in rehab can make a big difference. It’s a tangible reminder that people truly care about their recovery.
These unique recovery gifts can also be further customized for the specific person you have in mind.
1. Books About Others Who Have Been Through Recovery
Many rehab facilities have very strict rules about watching television, meaning your loved one may be craving other entertainment options during their free time.
Check out our list of books about recovery for some really great suggestions. Aside from the fact that many of these books are very entertaining, they can also be very inspirational.
Learning about someone else’s road to recovery reinforces the idea that sobriety is a perfectly attainable goal.
2. Gift Cards for Healthy Activities
Who doesn’t love a gift card?
If you’re giving one to somebody who’s in rehab, though, make sure it’s one that will inspire a new, healthy activity. For example, you could offer to pay for their first month at a new gym or simply pay for a 30-day guess pass.
You could do the same for yoga classes or something a little less physically stressful, like a massage.
3. A Gratitude Journal
As the name suggests, a gratitude journal is for writing down the things you’re thankful for on a daily basis. A notebook would suffice for this purpose, but you don’t have to spend much to get your loved one a moleskin version that will really show you care and, therefore, will make them more likely to actually use it.
4. Something Their Family Made
Finally, one extremely touching gift for someone in rehab will be anything that their child makes for them.
Every parent loves getting gifts from their children. However, this will be especially important for anyone in a rehab facility who can’t see their child every day. Among other things, it lets them know their child is doing okay.
Even if they’re not in inpatient care, this type of gift will serve as a great reminder of what is probably one of their biggest reasons for getting sober.
5. A Written Note
Again, you may have to follow certain rules of the physical facility, but hearing from someone in written form can mean a lot. It’s important to understand how to address a loved one in rehab, as well.
- Encouragement – Obviously, rehab can be tough for a lot of reasons, so let them know that they have your full support and encourage them to continue on their path toward recovery.
- Admiration – Another helpful topic to cover is just how much you admire your loved one for admitting they had a problem and taking steps toward addressing it. If you’re comfortable doing so, you can even share a challenge you’ve struggled with in the past. While it might not seem to be “as big a deal” as fighting addiction, it’s a nice way to show your empathy.
- Reassurance – Constantly remind your loved one that, if they stay in treatment, they will achieve sobriety. Even if you don’t have firsthand experience with this process and/or facility, you can still make your point by speaking to its track record and referencing other people who have succeeded with treatment.
- Inclusion – You want to be careful not to make someone in rehab feel like they’re missing out because they aren’t taking part in their old routines. At the same time, they should know that you and the rest of their loved ones haven’t forgotten about them. Tell them what’s going on with you and the rest of your social circle and pass on kind words from other people, too.
Whatever you do, don’t mention anything that could cause them undue stress or anxiety during this challenging time. You can cover “serious” topics with them, but stay away from anything that might make them second guess their decision to be in rehab.
Don’t worry about spending a fortune on your gifts for someone in rehab.
The most important thing is simply that you remind them how much they’re loved and cared about during this challenging time.
Facilities May Have Regulations
Care package ideas for a loved one (boyfriend, girlfriend, partner, etc.) in rehab or a girlfriend will have to follow the specific facility’s rules.
Often times, a residential rehab facility will prohibit any communication with the outside world until the first week – or some other timeframe – is over.
Keep that in mind before you make any purchases.
You may be able to send them fun food items, like chocolate or other sweets. Your loved one might enjoy a certain magazine you could send. When thinking about unique sobriety gifts, think about the things they won’t have in rehab that you could give them (provided it meets the facility’s approval).