Assisting Your Loved One Through Recovery

Watching your loved one go through the effects of withdrawal and the struggle to get clean and sober can be difficult. You may wonder what, if anything, you can do to assist them in this recovery process. There are several roles you can take on as support for your loved ones through this very important and very difficult process. Here are a few tips to help you in assisting your loved one through recovery. 

Help Them in Coping
Stress is something that comes at you every single day of your life. Learning how to handle the ups and downs is a critical step in getting through recovery. Some stressors can send those in recovery right back to where they started from. Learning how to cope is important to help them through those moments that will inevitably come up. Help them learn how to cope by being there to listen and support them. Offer solutions to their problems that have come up or be there to help them work through solutions on their own. Offer gentle reminders of the coping skills they have already learned to get through the temptation to use again.

Help Them Create a Sober Support Network
One of the most important things through recovery is support. You want your loved ones to have a support network even if you're not there. Encourage them to find old friends or make new ones that stay sober and can help them in staying sober. Offer ways they can meet new people and encourage them to build relationships with those individuals with the same goals as theirs. 

Make Sure They Get to Meetings
Meetings are a very critical part of recovery. Helping to ensure your loved one gets to those critical meetings can be a huge benefit to them. Offer to drive them or ask if they need assistance getting to or from the meeting. Be there to encourage and support them through the whole process. 

Be Aware of Relapse Symptoms
This can be difficult but you should try to be aware of the relapse symptoms unique to your loved one. Each one is different but be sure to keep your eyes and your ears open to catch relapses early on. 

Encourage your loved one throughout the process and offer your support in anyway you can. You can be a crucial key to helping your loved one get through this sometimes difficult recovery process.

NA."Nine Strategies for Families Helping a Loved One in Recovery". Behavioral Health Evolution.(Website).(2016).
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  • great post. i think the tips are great, but sometimes the loved one isn't that easy to be support making sure they go to meetings...we can encourage, but ultimately it's up to them....  i think loving them right where they are is a great thing....being there to listen, encourage....and letting them know you're on their side.. all good!

    thanks for posting!
  • I agree with @dominica. Making sure they go to meetings sounds a bit like controlling. If they have decided to go to a meeting and need transportation, then driving them is a great way to support their recovery. Support and encouragement are great. But stay away from trying to control things. 
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