If you have a loved one who is in substance abuse recovery then you know how difficult it can be. It is a stressful time for both you and the addict.  

How do you support your loved one on their road to recovery? Here are 6 tips for you to help, encourage, and support the one you love. 

These 6 tips will help you support your loved one

First, learn everything you can about substance abuse and how that affects the abuser. What changes in the brain and body does the substance cause? How do those changes affect the abuser physically and mentally? The more you know and understand about it the better you can support the one you love. 

Second, do not forget to take care of yourself. Take at least a couple hours a couple of times a week to do something for yourself that brings you joy and helps you relax.  

Third, join a group of people who are going through the same thing. For example, an alcoholic’s family members can join Al-Anon. Also, seek counseling as a family. This can help you work through any problems the substance abuser has with you or you with them in a safe productive way. Encourage your loved one to join a peer group that has the same issue such as AA. 

Fourth, know the signs of relapse. It is important to know the signs of relapse so that you can intervene quickly and get your loved one back to rehab either as an out-patient or in-patient. If you know the signs you may be able to catch them before they take another drink or use a substance by helping them with ways to cope with stress and life’s daily demands. 

Fifth, manage expectations. When the addict first enters the recovery program the hope is now things will get better. However, understand that there will more than likely be relapses. Managing expectations can help you keep off the roller coaster ride that many experience when it comes to recovery. Managing your expectations helps you deal with stress and anxiety.

Sixth, together develop healthy habits with food and exercise. Healthy habits can help reduce the stress, and in turn reduce the chance of relapse. Nourishing and rebuilding the body will make recovery easier as the addict will feel better physically and mentally.  

At 449 Recovery, family therapy is offered every month in a weekend program where education and tools help the family members and patients with recovery. It is our goal to provide the best support to recovery so that the patient and their family can learn how to deal with stress and other pitfalls on the road to recovery. Call us at (855) 435-7449 to learn more about the programs we offer to the addict’s family as well as the addict. 449 Recovery is proud to provide tools to the whole family that will help reduce the chances of relapses.