Recovering from any type of addiction is a difficult process at best. If you have a friend or family member who is in the process of recovering from an addiction, there are many things that you can do to help them through what may be the biggest challenge of their life. Supporting a recovering addict makes all the difference to their recovery.
Knowledge is Power
Educate yourself about the recovery process with the help of counselors, support groups, and even online resources. Many rehab facilities and family centers have counselors available to those who are helping a recovering addict and support groups for families of addicts.
Be a Source of Encouragement
Encouragement is one of the most important things that you can give a recovering addict. Statistically, most addicts have at least one relapse and it’s more important than ever to maintain a positive attitude and be forgiving if this happens. Showing them that you have the confidence that they may lack can make all the difference in the world.
Keep Temptation out of Reach
Eventually every addict will find themselves in a situation where they are exposed to drugs or alcohol and will have to learn to overcome these temptations. It is important however, to keep these temptations out of the home and keep the recovering addict away from them until they are emotionally ready to cope with them.
Every person and situation is different, but the process of recovery remains fairly consistent no matter what the addiction. While being as supportive as possible will help the recovery process, don’t make the mistake of allowing the recovering addict to become too reliant. It is important for them to know that in order for the recovery to be complete, they need to take responsibility for their actions and be willing to work as hard as you are.