For anyone with a loved one who has struggled with addiction, you understand that sobriety is a life-long commitment. It’s incredibly challenging, but with the right support, it’s absolutely possible. For a loved one to remain sober, having their friends and family there can make everything so much easier. However, it’s not always easy to know how you should encourage them during their recovery process.
Below, we have 6 ways that you can support your loved one and help them maintain sobriety.
- Do Not Make Them Feel Judged – One of the toughest things for loved ones recovering from addiction can be the feeling of judgment from their friends and families. Even if you’re having negative thoughts or criticisms, it’s always better to refrain on saying anything, especially while they’re going through recovery. At the end of the day, it’s all about positive reinforcement, loving them, and supporting their decision to get sober.
- Make Their Home Environment Drug-Free – Love and support are absolutely needed, but you should also take precautionary measures. Make sure their home environment is drug-free. By removing any temptations that could result in a relapse, you will help your loved one have a better chance at remaining clean.
- Be Open And Listen To Them – If you’re loved one is choosing to be sober, then they don’t want to suffer from their addiction any longer. However, addiction is hard, and recovery is even harder. Listen to them when they need to talk, and support them during their struggles, but also their accomplishments.
- Help Form Healthy Habits – Whether it’s exercise, cooking, or playing a game together, it’s important to help your loved one create new, healthier, habits.
- Encourage Them To Join A Support Group – While it’s important to promote a healthy home environment, you may not be able to fully understand their struggles with addiction. Support groups can help your loved one interact with others who can better empathize with their recovery, but also see their accomplishments and receive their support.
- Have Patience With Them – Recovery isn’t a quick and easy process. Your loved one may make mistakes here and there, but it’s important for them to understand that their friends and family are still willing to support them.
One of the most important things during the journey to sobriety is for your loved one to feel loved and supported. Like anything, they’ll feel more motivated through recovery and will have a better chance at remaining sober.