Tips to Support a Loved One in Early Recovery
For the families and friends of an individual in recovery it can be difficult to know the best ways to show your support and love during this time. What do you say? What should you do? Below we have compiled some tips that we think will be helpful for families and friends looking to support a loved one in early recovery. Begin by educating yourself about addiction. It is a complicated disease that is often misunderstood by the general public. By taking the time to learn about addiction you are taking the first steps in maintaining a relationship with your loved one in recovery. There are many places to find information about addiction including 12-step meetings, books and online resources. Encouraging a sober living environment is another way to show support for a loved one who is in the early stages of recovery. The first few months are some of the most crucial months in recovery. Many recovering addicts will stay in sober living facilities after receiving treatment to help with their transition back into society. Removing all substances from the home is the only way to create a sober living environment for your loved one. Creating and encouraging a sober living environment can help to continue the process of easing a loved one back into society during the beginning stages of recovery. Building sober relationships is another important step in recovery for your loved one. If a recovering addict chooses to stay in a sober living facility, they will be surrounded by others in recovery. It is extremely important that your loved one continues to maintain relationships with other sober individuals to ensure that they are continuing to keep focus on their recovery. This includes not only friendships but also hobbies. There are a number of classes available in sober environments that allow for individuals to meet other recovering addicts during the early stages of recovery. Knowing the signs of relapse is an important part of providing support to a loved one in the early stages of recovery. Relapse should never be taken lightly. Typically relapse does not happen all of a sudden, although it can in some cases. The first thoughts and temptations of relapse can happen weeks or months before the actual occurrence of relapse. You can help by holding someone accountable to their treatment plan. There are also signs that you can look for such as hanging out with old friends, troubles with their job or relationship, loss of interest in recovery, disconnect from friends and family, and isolation. If you begin to notice any of these signs of relapse, it is crucial to get your loved one the help they need immediately. Finally, it is important to be patient with your loved one. Recovery is a process, a journey, meant to be lived one day at a time. The road to recovery is a very long one. So being patient, listening, and consistent encouragement are necessary as your loved one begins the path of living a life that is sober and clean. If you think your loved one is struggling with relapse or substance abuse, we can help, call Silicon Beach Outpatient Center today at 844.415.8198. Silicon Beach Outpatient Center offers intensive outpatient (IOP) and outpatient (OP) treatment for drug & alcohol abuse.