Providing Emotional Support for a Loved One during Recovery

Providing Emotional Support for a Loved One during RecoveryRecovering from addiction is a challenging process. If your loved one is recovering from addiction, she will benefit greatly from the support of family and friends. In fact, a good support network can be a critical component of a successful recovery and may even make the difference between success and failure.

When emotionally supporting a recovering addict, it is extremely important to remember that your loved one suffers from a disease. Addiction is a disease that takes over the mind and will of the afflicted person. As with some other diseases, patients may have made poor lifestyle choices that contributed to the onset of the disease, but that does not mean that he is a bad person. Furthermore, much of the addictive behavior that you may have witnessed can be attributed to the disease, and it is likely that your loved one will feel bad about his past behavior once in recovery. It is critical to be supportive and empathetic and to avoid the natural tendency to judge. Keep in mind that your loved one has made a difficult decision to enter treatment, is likely to be apprehensive at the prospect of an uncertain future and can use all the support you can muster.

The Challenges of Recovery

Addicts face many challenges while recovering from addiction. During treatment and recovery an addict will be compelled to do the following:

  • Stop engaging in behavior that has become a strongly reinforced habit
  • Stop using a substance on which her body has become physically dependent
  • Undergo an unpleasant detox that may include severe withdrawal symptoms
  • Engage in a possibly emotionally painful process of self-examination
  • Admit the mistakes he has made that have led to this situation
  • Learn entirely new ways of living and methods for coping with stress
  • Spend an extended period of time away from home in the unfamiliar environment of rehab
  • Emerge from the secure environment of rehab back into the real world where she is certain to be confronted with the temptation to relapse
  • Avoid former friends and situations that may tempt him to relapse
  • Make new friends
  • Face old friends who may or may not be aware of or sympathetic to her situation
  • Face people who may have seen the worst of his addictive behavior
  • Apply the lessons learned in therapy to real world situations
  • Form new habits
  • Deal with life without the crutch of drugs

Support Is Crucial to a Successful Addiction Recovery

All of the challenges the recovering addict must face mean that recovery can be a challenging, unpleasant and downright frightening experience. The support of caring family and friends will help the recovering addict to feel that he is not alone in his efforts to overcome addiction. This can be a critical factor in a successful recovery.

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