What goes in a good rehab care package?
October 18, 2010 9:45 AM Subscribe
What are some good books / music / gifts for when you get out of rehab?
posted by gauche to Grab Bag (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
A friend is getting out of a short stay in rehab. This person is in their mid-20s and will be moving back in with their parents. I have already spoken to the parents about going to the appropriate *-Anon group, and have done some other things to be supportive to them during this difficult time.
When my friend comes back, I'd like to be supportive of them as well, although I won't be able to be around with any frequency. As I see it, the challenges my friend faces are two-fold: a) having to create new, healthy habits and ways of being without falling back onto their crutches when the going gets hard, and b) confronting the damage of their earlier identity and habits without falling into despair at what a hash they have really made of their life. This will not be easy, and I can imagine my friend falling off the wagon without help.
I would like to send a care package. What are some books or music or other gifts that would be good for someone dealing with this sort of thing? Stuff that is going to help them understand both that they can get through this, and that it will be harder to get through than they thought, and that it will ultimately be worth doing. What are some works of literature or art that will help pick my friend up when the going gets tough?