When your loved one is facing the long journey of recovery from alcohol or drug addiction, it can be difficult to determine how best to support them. You want to be there for them in any way you can, but you also know that recovery is something that an individual has to take responsibility for.
Ways To Support Your Loved One During Their Recovery From Addiction
The first step is to not blame yourself. You did not cause the addiction, and only your loved one can make the decision to overcome it. With that said, there are many ways that you can help support them in the recovery process.
Take the time to learn about your loved one’s addiction and what they are dealing with in recovery. It can be a big help for an addicted loved one for you to care enough to develop a deeper understanding of addiction and recovery. Take advantage of opportunities through your loved one’s treatment program to participate in family education classes and therapy sessions. Other valuable resources worth exploring are Al-Anon and other support groups for those impacted by a loved one’s substance abuse.
Be Aware Of Extended Problems
Even after completing a drug or alcohol addiction treatment program, the consequences of your loved one’s addiction may continue to impact their life for an extended period of time. This can include financial problems, health issues, and relationship difficulties. By having a level of understanding and compassion about these ancillary problems, you will be offering support.
Support Their Sobriety
During the first weeks and months of recovery, your loved one will greatly benefit from staying away from an environment in which alcohol or drugs are used. This often requires the commitment of the family to create a home that is free of anything that could lead to a relapse.
Reduce Household Stress
Stressful situations can be powerful triggers for returning to drugs or alcohol. By making a focused effort to minimize sources of stress or conflict, you can go a long way to support your spouse or loved one through addiction recovery.
Does Your Loved One Need Help?
We offer individualized substance abuse detox and outpatient rehab programs that can help your loved one reclaim a life free from addiction. We will create a customized treatment plan based off your loved one’s specific needs and goals.