6 Ways to Be There for a Loved One Following Drug and Alcohol Recovery

Content medically reviewed by Vicky Magobet, PMHNP-BC, on July 27, 2020.

Drug and alcohol addiction can feel like a massive obstacle to conquer, and it takes serious commitment and perseverance to overcome. Though the rehabilitation process comes with a tremendous payoff, it can be tough to navigate.

That's why it's so important to find ways to show your support when a loved one is recovering from addiction. Big or small, any gesture can have a significant impact when it shows your friend or family member that you're on their side. Make your loved one feel supported with these tips on helping someone with a drug or alcohol problem.

How to Support Someone in Recovery

You don't need to make huge sweeping gestures to show a loved one you care about them. When it comes to supporting someone in recovery, subtle actions make all the difference. Here are some meaningful things you can do to help someone with a drug or alcohol addiction.

1. Educate Yourself

The first step to supporting someone with an addiction is understanding addiction itself. Through dedicated research, you can cultivate a deeper comprehension of your loved one's condition and learn how to recognize and respond to their everyday challenges. This research will also help you to identify any possible signs of relapse and act accordingly.

2. Make Yourself Available

Let your loved one know that you're available to them for whatever they need, and that no problem is too small to discuss. When you give someone the green light, they're more likely to confide in you for help when they need it.

Make it a point to check your phone throughout the day for calls or texts from your loved one, and check in with them periodically by sending messages of your own.

3. Offer Encouragement

It can be easy for someone going through recovery to want to give up. That's why a support system is so important. Shower your loved one with motivation and optimism by reminding them how well they're doing and expressing that you believe in them. Presenting positive affirmations is a great way to make someone feel encouraged and supported.

4. Make Changes to Accommodate Them

Create an environment that supports a safe recovery by making changes to your own lifestyle. Try removing addictive substances from your home and avoiding social gatherings where drugs and alcohol are present to minimize temptation.

5. Engage in Sober Activities

Help your loved one take their mind off their struggles by inviting them to engage in fun and healthy activities. Spending wholesome quality time together is a great way to help your companion redirect their energy in a constructive manner while having a good time.

6. Hold Them Accountable

The most important thing you can do for a recovering user is to hold them accountable for their actions. If you notice problem behaviors, address them. When you communicate honestly and express your concerns, you are showing someone you care enough about them to say something.

Begin the Recovery Process at Diamond House Detox

If you're dealing with substance abuse, Diamond House Detox has the tools you need to recover. We specialize in medically monitored detoxification for substance use as well as co-occurring disorders. At Diamond House Detox, we pride ourselves on providing our clients with the services, care and environment they need to recover.

If you have any questions, contact us today to get in touch with a representative.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Diamond House Detox
Vicky is a board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She began her nursing career in healthcare by working in the intensive care unit, and then an inpatient psychiatric hospital. After realizing the mental health needs of both the patients and the families she served, she became a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Throughout her experience working with clients, she has developed a passion for those with dual diagnoses and specializes in helping individuals recognize the issues driving their substance use. This recognition has been crucial to the individual’s success in treatment. Vicky opened Diamond House Detox so that she can address these issues early on in a therapeutic environment to allow clients to transition to the next level in their recovery.
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