How-to Support a Loved One in the Recovery Process

Whether mental illness, drug addiction, or alcoholism, recovery can be such a prestigious yet delicate process. An individual seeking to recover from such addictions and conditions requires constant support from their loved ones and friends. The provision of ample support during such a delicate time is critical in ensuring that the person does not lapse back into an otherwise full-blown condition of addiction. Few people understand how to provide ample care for their loved ones during the recovery process. Here are some of the ways on how to provide the social and economic support necessary for a loved one during the recovery process.

Accept the Person and Avoid Judgment

Social acceptance is the first critical step that a person seeking to recover needs from their immediate environment. The social support comes in handy and in various forms; the primary of which is socially accepting the patient while avoiding any elements of negative criticism and judgment. Most people seeking recovery into sobriety are normally physically and emotionally dilapidated and thus unlovable. It is critical to avoid expressing words and ideas that may tend to make such a person feel unwanted in the family and the society. The acceptance may come in the form of offering to house the person and cater for his/her basic needs unconditionally during the entire recovery process.

Creating a Conducive Environment

Appropriately supporting a person recovering from addiction also requires commitment from the loved ones by creating a conducive environment for recovery. In this regard, creating a trigger-free atmosphere is critical to prevent the addict from relapsing. Triggers such as alcohol and other drugs, once exposed to a patient recovering from addiction, can be detrimental to the recovery process. As a close friend or relative of such a person, is important to ensure the environment they spend in is always free from drugs and other related paraphernalia or material that can lure them back to addiction.

Express Patience and Understanding

The recovery process can be quite slow, especially for hardcore addicts of drugs and other substances commonly abused. To fully support such a recovering patient, it is important to express patience and courtesy upon them. Whereas the patient may be undergoing therapy, results and positive signs of recovery may be hard to come about.

It requires constant positive input from the loved ones to ensure that such a person eventually recovers. Drug addiction from substances such as cocaine may also express severe withdrawal symptoms. It requires a proper understanding of the person providing care and support whenever such withdrawal symptoms get expressed.

Encouraging Healthy Habits and Occupations

Sometimes, the process of recovery from addiction may be quite complicated and to involving. To support the patient positively, it is crucial to encourage certain occupations that engage the patient’s mind, thereby preventing them from thinking about relapsing. Tasks such as carpentry, board games, athletics, gym, or even jogging provide them a suitable opportunity for the patient to occupy their mind while also supporting positive physical growth and stability of their body. Sometimes it takes financial support to establish such a supportive physical environment.

Support and Encourage Joining a Support Group

Support groups come in and as far as helping recovering addicts to accept themselves back into the society. Patience on their own cannot initiate and implement the option of joining a support group. As a loved one, it is critical to encourage and support the patient to join a support group as it provides an opportunity for him or her to interact with other recovering addicts, therefore providing a social solace and company necessary to create a positive room for social reformation.

Coordinate with the Recovery Therapist

In some cases, a patient may be attached to a particular recovery therapist who attends to him or her on a regular basis. The therapist requires complete coordination and support from the recovering addicts’ loved ones through the provision of accurate information regarding how the patient is faring. Maintaining honesty when giving such feedback is crucial in helping the therapist to administer the necessary medication.

Create Time for Socialization with the Patient

As a loved one living with the recovering addict, one gets to be the closest person known to the addict. It is important to create much time to spend with the patient as a way of creating a social bond. Such a bond comes in handy in helping the patient feel accepted in the society.

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