According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health , about 21.5 million Americans, ages 12 and over, have battled with substance abuse. Of that large number, only about 10% of people go to a rehabilitation center.
If your loved ones made the effort and went through a rehab program, show your appreciation and support. Once a person develops an addiction, that person is ALWAYS in recovery. Your recovering friend or loved one needs your help to stay away from his or her addiction. Having a friend along this long road makes a world of different.
Support the Ones You Love
No one can properly recover from substance abuse while in isolation. We all need a friend to get through hard times of any sort. Addiction is an ongoing recovery process and having a support system is the way to stay healthy and happy for years to come.
Encouragement – Let your loved one know that you believe he or she can stay sober. Keep upbeat and remind your friend of how hard he or she works to stay off a substance. A little positivity goes a long way.
Be Sober Together– Many former addicts relapse when they are put in social situations where drugs or alcohol are present. Accompany your loved one to outings and chose to not partake in these activities. You may be able to control your urges in the long run, but your loved one can relapse from one encounter with the substance.
Listen – Being an active listener is an easy way to let a person tell you about his or her struggles. Recovery is difficult and sometimes a recovering addict just needs someone to listen.
Be Patient – Recovery is a process and it can take years for someone to feel confident in controlling urges to use. Be supportive and let your loved ones go through the process with you.
Relax- Taking time to relax and destress for yourself and your recovering loved one is a huge part of the recovery process. Keep calm, take some deep breaths, and set aside some time for you both to unwind.
We always want the best for the ones we love. During recovery, it can be hard to watch someone suffer through cravings or unwanted thoughts, but that person needs your help. You are not alone in your support process, there are plenty of groups around the community that are there for you and your loved one.
If you or someone you know needs support with their journey to sobriety, or if you need help supporting someone else, CADS is here for you. Give us a call at (563) 326-1150. We are open, 24 hours a day.
CADS offers a variety of substance abuse services focused on support, care, and treatment designed to meet the needs of families and individuals of all age groups in the community.