Find Local Treatment Options
Call 800-481-6320 to speak with an alcohol or drug abuse counselor.

How to Provide Healthy Support to a Loved One in Recovery

If your loved one is on the path to recovery from addiction, you may be wondering how to best support that person, while also avoiding enabling or codependency. How can you provide the right kind of support in order to promote your loved one’s health and recovery?

The Effects of Social Support

A study reported on NCBI showed that social support is linked to a higher quality of life among substance users, and that the desire for a better life is often what drives them to seek recovery. Just the outlook and opinions of the individual’s social network can make a drastic difference in the path they take to recovery.

It is important that the people they surround themselves with are positive and uplifting about the idea of rehab and recovery, as an individual in a negative atmosphere might not feel so incline to seek recovery. As their friend, you can provide a positive and optimistic view of recovery.

You may not even realize the impact that your supportive words can have on their future choices, but it does make a tremendous difference.

Keep Up with Goals

Provide Healthy Support

Be positive and optimistic about your loved one’s recovery.

The second thing you can do is remind them of their own individual goals and the reasons they chose to better their life in the first place. NIDA suggests that you remind your loved one how much courage it takes to undergo the recovery process, and that you will be there for them through all the hard work that lies ahead.

You can help them stay focused and on track by reminding them of what their life can be like after recovery, and how much they can gain from a healthier lifestyle. It may take a lot of time, and several attempts, but remind them that this is okay, as any step towards recovery is incredible progress. Just as long as they keep trying, they can make it through in the end.

Avoid Codependence

It is important that while you support the recovery of your loved one, you avoid becoming codependent. What this means is that their addiction should not dictate your life as well, and you should not begin to live your life catering to their needs.

If you allow their lifestyle to shape yours as well, then this can make them slip into further dependency and hinder their recovery. You can be loving and supportive without catering to the addiction, which is tremendously important for their health as well as your own.

This may be a difficult balance to figure out, but it is something that should be taken into great consideration when a loved one is suffering from addiction.

If you are walking through this process with a loved one and have questions or concerns, just call 800-481-6320 to speak with a caring specialist who can guide you through the next steps. As you provide support and encouragement to the addict, it is just as important that you are receiving support and advice through this time, in order to maintain your own well-being.

How to Visit Your Loved One in Their Rehab Center

More Rehab Centers Resources

Life Skills Learned in Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers

Drug and alcohol rehab centers

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, there are 36 million people in the United States who need some form of drug treatment. Many of these people live below the poverty line and are the product of single parent households. Many of them do not know even the basic life skills needed….

Continue reading

Do Rehab Centers Treat Dual Diagnosis Conditions?

Dual diagnosis conditions bring out the worst in addiction and mental illness, leaving those affected helpless to take back control of their lives. Conditions like depression, anxiety and schizophrenia actually make a person more susceptible to drug abuse practices. On the flip side, someone engaging in chronic drug abuse faces a high risk of developing….

Continue reading

10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Treatment

You’re going to drug and alcohol treatment to get sober, but you know the statistics, and you know that rehab is not a guarantee of sobriety. But you want to give it the best shot, and to do that, here are 10 ways to help you get the most out of treatment. Focus on Recovery….

Continue reading

Short-term vs. Long-term Rehab

The decision to seek the help of a rehab center is already courageous and difficult for most addicts to make. Then comes the process of choosing between long-term rehab and short-term rehab options. Of course the initial desire to consider short-term treatment is usually what pops up. Generally, nobody wants to consider spending months in….

Continue reading

Types of Therapy Provided by Rehab Centers

Rehab centers should offer a fitness center for you use.

Various types of therapy are provided by rehab centers for the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction. The most common types of therapy include individual therapy, fitness therapy, group therapy and various specialty therapy sessions such as cognitive behavioral therapy. Some therapy sessions will also include the ability for family members to participate with the….

Continue reading

Understanding Drug Rehab Insurance Options

Drug rehab insurance can help you with the high costs of rehab.

Many insurers cover drug treatment to some extent whether it’s comprehensive coverage that will pay for the entire cost of a drug rehab center or your insurer only covers certain aspects of treatment it’s important to understand what you options are for drug rehab insurance before you enter into a treatment program. Some questions you….

Continue reading

20 Excellent Reasons to Start Rehab Today

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, with a good rehab program you have an excellent chance of beating your addiction. As with anything you want to change, you need a reason to stop taking drugs. There are many reasons available and you only need to choose one. 1. You will Get your Life….

Continue reading

Effective Drug Treatment Principles Outlined by NIDA

Effective drug treatment can help you overcome your addiction once and for all!

While there are various agencies that have been attributed to having developed guides and principles for effective drug treatment, the most common principles that are used by treatment centers as a guide to effective drug treatment are outlined by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) principles for effective drug treatment….

Continue reading

Still can't find the help you are looking for?Get Started Now
Accepted Insurances / View the full list
For inquiries call800-481-6320

Accepted Insurances Does My Insurance
Cover This?

Pin It on Pinterest

Shares
Share This