Supporting the recovery of a loved one that’s suffering from drug addiction can certainly be an arduous process. Both on you and your loved one. This can be one of the lowest points of any serious relationships, whether it be marriage or even your sibling.
It is important that you’re there to facilitate support between your loved one, yourself, and the community. The United States is undergoing an opioid crisis in which millions are being affected. There are even thousands of opioid-related deaths occurring each year over the past decade. Here are four ways to help your loved one maintain the road to recovery.
A serious cause of relapse for addicts is stress. The risk is highest in the first several weeks after rehab as an addict tries to adjust to life without the use of substances or a rigid schedule of a rehab facility. There are some great ways to manage stress which include exercise, breathing, meditation, and journaling.
If they’re a creative, drawing and creating music also helps.
Even though it’s not necessary for you to be a trained professional to help someone in need, it can definitely help. An independent perspective can be incredibly beneficial. There are times when a professional’s input is necessary. Your loved one may be at risk of harm to themselves or even yourself. They may not even be able to take care of their bare necessities for survival.
Don’t Forget About Yourself
Remember, you must also keep yourself in mind throughout your loved one’s recovery process. Addiction is a serious disease that can negatively affect individuals close to the addict. Most successful recovery programs insist on the involvement of the addict’s loved ones. This can be done through educational workshops or therapy sessions.
If you’re involved in a relationship with an addict, you’ve probably gone through some dysfunctional times. Sometimes unintentionally, you’ve either enabled or acted as a codependent towards your loved one’s addiction. Through therapy and counseling sessions, you can then sort through these negative feelings to provide a more nurturing environment for yourself and your loved one.
Encourage Peer and Community Support
You don’t want to be your loved one’s only support. This can be especially taxing on yourself. A person recovering from addiction should have multiple supports. They may have a therapist, doctor, support group, and peer support services all involved. It’s important for you to help this person stay connected with all their supports. At times, addicts may withdraw themselves from social settings and display symptoms of depression.
These are just four ways you can support your loved one through the recovery process. You can always do more, but this is an excellent start to keeping someone important to you on the path to recovery. Hopefully, you won’t need all of them, but all these are positive methods you can apply to help your loved one.