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10 Ways to Support Your Loved One Through Recovery

The process of recovery from addiction is filled with ups and downs, obstacles, and stressors. It is best for families and friends to support their loved one in all aspects of recovery. Because alcohol addiction and drug addiction disrupts each aspect of life, your loved one will need support as they learn a new way to live. Addiction treatment will provide your loved one with the tools they need to build a happy, healthy, and successful life in sobriety.

Royal Life Centers at Sound Recovery provides comprehensive addiction treatment with a holistic approach. We offer addiction treatment for the mind, body, and spirit. Family members do not want to enable addictive behaviors, and so they are unsure which way is best when figuring out how to support an addict. Royal Life Centers at Sound Recovery offers services for both our guests in recovery, as well as their families.

Addiction recovery requires patience and support from all ends. A recovering addict or alcoholic must learn the ways of a healthy relationship. Royal Life Centers at Sound Recovery teaches guests how to set and maintain boundaries that will protect their well-being and their recovery. Royal Life Centers at Sound Recovery provides intensive therapy to treat addiction. We offer individual therapy sessions, group therapies, behavioral therapies, support groups, adventure therapy, activity therapy, and equine therapy. Our therapeutic methods are proven effective and we only use the best practices.

People in recovery need guidance and support from their family and friends. Supporting your loved one as they undergo the recovery process is vital to their recovery.

Here are 10 ways to support your loved one through recovery:

1. Open Communication

Communicate with your loved one openly and honestly. Open communication is key to having effective conversations.

2. Set and Maintain Boundaries

Setting and maintaining boundaries is crucial to nurturing healthy relationships. Being the example for your loved one in recovery is important in showing them how healthy relationships work.

3. By Supporting Yourself

Attending support groups to care for yourself is the perfect way to show your love and support to a loved one. You may attend Al-Anon or Nar-Anon meetings, which are essentially support groups for parents, family members, or loved one’s of those in addiction or addiction recovery.

4. Let Them Know

Clearly communicating that you are there to support your loved one is always a tremendous way to show your support for them through out the recovery process.

5. Write Letters

Writing letters may seem outdated, however, letters are a meaningful and sentimental way to show your care for somebody.

6. Be Part of the Process

Asking how you can be part of the process is a helpful way to be involved in your loved one’s recovery.

7. Family Therapy

Ask your loved one if they would like to attend family therapy sessions, to begin the healing process of the family. Addiction effects both the addict and their loved ones, so asking if your loved one would like to attend therapy with you is a great way to support them.

8. Ask

Ask your loved one how they can best be supported. Many times we are hyper focused on problem-solving, that we may forget to simply ask how we can help. Your loved one will greatly appreciate you wanting their input, as the recovery process is their own individual experience.

9. Focus on The Positive

What does your loved one need during their recovery process? Positivity. Often times, after removing substances from your life, your loved one may be focused on all of the things they have lost through out their addiction. Practice gratitude and set the example for focusing on what you do have.

10. Let Them Know You Are Thinking About Them

Send letters, pictures, notes, sentimental items, etc. to let your loved one know you are thinking about them. Focusing on the good memories you share is best to support their recovery. Focus on the happiness they have felt in the past, and give them optimism and hope for their happy, healthy, and successful future.

Royal Life Centers at Sound Recovery offers treatment options including a partial hospitalization program (PHP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), an outpatient program (OP), sober living and graduate housing. We offer a 9-week program that seamlessly transitions guests from our partial hospitalization program (PHP) to our intensive outpatient program (IOP). Our programs offer regular access to medical professionals to ensure optimal behavioral health.

If your loved one is struggling with addiction, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our addiction specialists at (877)-RECOVERY or (888) 716-4070. Our team is available to take your call 24/7. Because We Care.

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