Support for an addict in recovery is like food is to our survival. An addict’s circle of support can make or break their recovery, and family is typically the central cause of relapse. Life after treatment has many challenges. A solid circle of support is equivalent to a trunk full of gold.
It is hard to watch someone we love deal with a difficult struggle, and living with addiction is not easy. There are a few ways to show someone in recovery that they are surrounded by love, and more importantly, a partner in sobriety. Take a look at this brief synopsis of a few of the most effective ways to show support for a family member trying to stay clean after rehab.
Learn as much as possible about addiction
Reading this article is a great first step to learning more about addiction. The drive to do the research independently is a great thing to have when helping a family member in recovery.
The addict typically has no idea how to help themselves, and two heads are better than one when seeking out a healthy coping mechanism. Be involved in the situation, and learn everything available about being a supportive family member.
Encourage and support recovery steps
If a loved one decides to enroll in a yoga course to learn how to center themselves better, support that decision. It is not a bad idea to attend open AA meetings along with the individual in recovery.
Actions truly speak louder than words, and a person in a crisis such as addiction needs all the help they can find. The family should support their loved one through all twelve steps of recovery. Be consistent in love.
Minimize contribution to family stressors
If possible, help a loved one in recovery by shielding them from excess family stressors. Take the time to communicate with other members of the family, and if necessary, serve as a mediator.
The family is a very complicated relationship to nurture and maintain, and an addict early in their recovery may not be equipped to handle family discourse constructively. An addict’s mind is very narrow early in recovery. AA teaches recovering alcoholics to take everything one day at a time.
Know the warning signs of relapse
Along with stellar support, it helps to know the warning signs or triggers of relapse. Every addict has their own unique set of triggers (things or situations that make a person want to drink or use drugs).
It behooves surrounding family members to understand their loved one’s triggers and do the best they can to avoid contributing to any of them. Do not smother the person, but pay attention to behavioral or physical changes.