Recovery from drug or alcohol addiction can be a long and difficult road. While it is definitely challenging, recovery can last with the help of friends and family. If you have a loved one working through addiction recovery, make sure you do what’s best for them by providing loving support during a difficult time. Here are 5 specific ways you can help:
- Stay Informed. If you really want what is best for your loved one, it’s crucial to stay educated, informed, and involved in the process. To do this, learn which things help and hurt your loved one in the process. Every individual has different needs and desires, so it’s important to find out what works as early on as possible.
- Be Encouraging. Nothing hurts more than discouragement or judgmental behavior. In order to truly help, stay positive and be encouraging at all times. This includes when your loved one makes a mistake. By remaining positive, you are able to show that you truly care.
- Substance-Free. When taking on the challenge of helping a loved one through addiction recovery, make sacrifices on your end. This means quitting all forms of smoking, drinking, or drug use and making sure the environment is substance-free. Nothing is worse for a recovering addict than temptation.
- Reduces Stress. Stress is one of the leading contributing factors to substance abuse. Do your best to guard your loved one from unnecessary stressful situations. When confronted with stressful situations, help them deal with their emotions in a constructive manner.
- Just be There. Recovering addicts often need a shoulder to cry on or a hand to hold. You can provide both by making yourself readily available.
If you or a loved one are suffering from an addiction, please know there is help nearby. At Westport House, we offer you a chance at sobriety. Contact us to learn more.