People who work hard to overcome addiction often need support of some kind – whether it’s family, friends, or even people in a support group who are experiencing the same kind of difficulties in life.
As long as there is a network of people for which the person can relate to, communicate with, and simply not feel alone in the battle against a substance abuse disorder, there is stronger hope. No one wants to fight a disease alone.
So with that in mind, there are several things you can do to help a person struggling with addiction. Whether you are a friend, a brother or sister, a parent or even a professional counselor, here are 3 effective ways you can be there for someone recovering from addiction:
1) Keep an open eye out, and an open ear, for the recovering individual. Give the recovering individual a call from time to time, or take them out to avoid thoughts of relapse. It’s about listening to him/her, and reciprocating that level of attention. Listen more, and talk less. Being a good supporter is about absorbing the recovering individual’s emotional or psychological turmoil, and helping to dissolve it together.
2) Be compassionate and inspiring, making sure you are not placing high expectations on him/her. Expectations add pressure, and may lead to higher levels of anxiety or depression. Rather than make judgments or give advice, motivate him or her with a positive attitude. Believe in his/her goals, and make sure you let him/her know that. This is very comforting for a person in recovery, even if the person doesn’t show it.
3) Be very patient, as recovery should never be rushed. Every successful recovery is achieved at its own pace. It’s important never to rush or anticipate the recovering individual to simply be “cured.” Recovery is a lifetime ordeal, and everyone on that journey achieves it in their own way. As a supporter and friend, your attitude should be, “Take all the time you need.”
Please call today to save a life from the vicious cycle of drug/alcohol addiction, as well as behavioral addictions such as gambling or sex addiction.
Florida Center for Recovery – Addiction Treatment Center: 866-910-0417
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