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What It Means To Support

April 3, 2018

Support means different things to different people. Often, when you’re trying to support a loved one recovering from addiction or abuse it’s hard to know what to do. Should you be stern? Should you give advice? Or should you just listen?

At CADS, we know you care and we want to give you some tips for how to be supportive during recovery. 

  1. Talking is important, but the way you talk is crucial. A confrontational tone and rage are not the answer. The sooner you can begin the conversation, the better. If you can talk to your loved one while they are already trying to quit their bad habits, you might be more successful. Tell them your concerns in an empathetic manner and remain calm.
  2. When your loved one is recovering, you’ll need understanding and patience. You may be tempted to set expectations for how they should act and how long it should take, but know that your loved one is going through many changes. Encouragement and comfort are the best gifts you can give someone in recovery. Plan positive activities and help them relieve stress.    
  3. The best thing you can do is show up. It’s a huge undertaking for your loved one to admit they have an addiction problem and make the effort to recover. As their supporter, you have to be available and you have to show up. Of course, there will be times when that’s simply not feasible. In that case, have another contact for them. Keeping your promise to support them can make a world of difference.

If you think your loved one needs help, talk to them and support them. At CADS, our online assessment may help both of you determine the best course of action. You can also download articles, brochures, and other resources on our website that may be beneficial.

If your loved one is already in the process of recovery and you’re unsure how to best support them, give us a call at CADS. We applaud you for your commitment to the health and well-being of the people you love the most.

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