Substance abuse and dependence can be incredibly hard to overcome, and entering drug rehab or a recovery program is just the first step on a long journey. A staggering 46% of Americans have a friend or family member who struggles with addiction. If this sounds familiar, you’re probably wondering how to remain supportive as they begin and go through recovery.
At 2nd Chance Treatment Center, residents in Phoenix, Glendale, and Gilbert, Arizona can access complete support for those in recovery, from the early days of detox to drug rehab and beyond. We work with families to ensure patients have a strong, stable support network as they begin the new phase of their lives.
Being there during the recovery journey
The primary feeling when a loved one enters rehab is relief. You’re probably also feeling a sense of hope and no small measure of anxiety. How can you help support them as they navigate their comeback from alcohol addiction or opioid use disorder?
Here are five ways you can support your loved one’s recovery:
1. Refrain from judgement
It’s typical for people in recovery to feel shame and guilt. They’ll need a safe, judgement-free environment while they work through their issues. Let what was in the past remain in the past. If you were hurt by their actions while they were abusing drugs or alcohol, table your anger and hurt for now. Part of their recovery process will almost certainly include efforts to make amends, so focus your efforts on helping them in the here and now.
2. Keep things low-key
Ask if you can spend time with your loved one, even if it’s something as simple as sitting and watching a film together or hanging out without talking. You can enjoy being near each other while working on a craft project or reading books. There may be times when they don’t want to be alone, but don’t have the mental and emotional energy to be social. Being a no-stress source of companionship could be the biggest gift you can give.
3. Be willing to participate in their therapy
Your loved one may be in a program with a family therapy component. Showing up for meetings can show them you’re willing to do anything you can to help them navigate recovery. These meetings may also be key to resolving differences between you, and can lead to a stronger relationship built on mutual understanding.
4. Understand that recovery isn’t a straight line
Recovery isn’t a linear path from point A to point B. There will be days when your loved one takes two steps forward and one step back, or even one step forward and two steps back. This is normal. It’s important to focus on the long-term path to recovery. You can help be identifying potential triggers, being a lifeline when needed, and staying positive. These resources can help you understand more about substance abuse and recovery.
5. Recognize that recovery can affect more than just the patient
Substance abuse affects the entire family. You’ll need to make sure your own needs are being met, so you’ll be in the right mental and emotional place to provide support. Strengthen your own support network to allow you to be a stable part of your loved one’s recovery team.
Want more information about supporting a loved one during their recovery? Simply call 2nd Chance Treatment Center at any of our locations, or book an appointment online today.