6 Tips For Supporting Someone in Recovery

6 Tips For Supporting Someone in Recovery

Let’s not sugar-coat it: it’s not easy to support someone confronting their addiction disorder. Sometimes it feels like walking on eggshells; some days will be worse than others. But seeing it through and showing support and care for someone important to you can be so rewarding.

1. Active Listening

This first one is pretty integral to maintaining any relationship. But it deserves a highlight for interactions with people in recovery because people often trying to overcome addiction are also trying to overcome feelings of isolation in tandem. Active listening is about showing the person evidence that you are listening, understanding what they’re saying, and are fully engaged in the conversation.

2. Ask to Discuss Triggers When They’re Comfortable

It’s important to discuss any words, phrases, or activities that may trigger or regress a friend in recovery. But it’s also important that you don’t demand this information from someone when they may be unstable or otherwise not in the best headspace to discuss it. Simply open the door for the discussion, and let them decide when to disclose this information. This conversation may be difficult, but ultimately it will reduce stress and help you avoid triggering topics and situations.

3. Show Encouragement and Support

Encourage healthy habits and positive mindsets like exercise, open communication, consistent therapy attendance, and abstaining from substance abuse. Make sure they know you support them even if they struggle—that your support cannot be shaken by backslides or relapses. People in recovery often deal with deep-seated fears of failure, disappointment, and rejection. So remember to show support and encouragement without the threat of judgment or repercussions of failure. Their success or failure does not hinge on your involvement in their life.

6 Tips For Supporting Someone in Recovery

4. Patience

This is probably the hardest and equally the most important part of the process. As we established earlier, recovery is not easy. Progress is slow going and there will be slip-ups, regressions, and backslides. Don’t get discouraged and don’t let your friend in recovery be discouraged by a lack of forward momentum. Patience and perseverance are key for every aspect of recovery.

5. Healthy Boundaries

Set healthy boundaries for yourself and stick to them. Of course, be there for your friend in recovery but not at the risk of your health and safety. If you need to take a step back from the relationship, do it. Regroup, get yourself to a more stable headspace, and then return to support your friend in recovery with the added benefit of a healthy mindset. Additionally, always give the person in recovery an out. Make sure they know it’s important to you that boundaries are maintained which includes theirs as well as your own.

6. Educate Yourself

Don’t leave it up to the person in recovery to explain every aspect of the recovery process to you. Take the initiative and do your research on addiction recovery and treatment. What are sober living and intensive outpatient programs? Brush up on these terms so you can better understand what your friend in recovery is talking about and going through.

Resources with Eudaimonia Recovery Homes

Eudaimonia offers an extensive blog platform, a useful resource for understanding both addiction treatment and recovery. We also incorporate family involvement into treatment to foster growth and recovery as a family unit. Our qualified staff dedicates themselves to a healthy and safe environment that fosters growth and lasting recovery. Call (888) 424 – 4029 today for more information on our programs and amenities.

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