National Recovery month is coming to a close, but the journey toward sobriety is just beginning for many people with substance use disorders. There are millions of Americans in recovery, so there’s a good chance that someone you care about may be one of them. But how do you help a loved one in recovery? What can you do as they undergo treatment for a substance use disorder?
Here are a few suggestions for supporting your loved one in recovery:
- Get educated. Learn as much as you can about substance use disorder and recovery. This will give you a deeper understanding of your loved one’s emotional, physical, behavioral and social challenges. Once you understand that addiction is a disease and recovery is a lifelong process, you’ll be able to have more patience and celebrate the small and big steps your loved one is taking toward sobriety.
- Engage in your loved one’s treatment. You can be an integral part of the healing process by working closely with your loved one’s therapist during the intake process and throughout your stay. Many rehabs offer family therapy as well as dedicated family programs that describe the treatment process and work with you to establish healthy boundaries and a long-term recovery plan.
- Create and support a safe and sober environment. In addition to clearing your home of any substances or related items that could creating cravings or become a trigger, it’s important to encourage your loved one to get involved in sober recreational activities outside of the home. Vow to taking morning walks together or sign up for a local art class.
- Be patient. Recovery is a long and complicated process with lots of ups and downs. Assure your loved one that you are there to support his or her recovery journey. And since caring for a loved one with a substance use disorder is mentally taxing for you, too, make sure to practice self-care. This means eating healthy, exercising, sleeping, managing stress and enjoying hobbies. Attending online or in-person support groups with others families is also a great way to gain perspective and a positive mindset for caring your loved one.
Family Support at Immersion Recovery Center
At Immersion, we understand that family can be instrumental in recovery and so we provide guidance and support to family members. To learn more about our family program, call us today: 561.419.3349.