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Supporting Your Loved One in Recovery

Recovery can be an emotionally draining time not only for addicts, but also for their friends and loved ones who are desperate to help them. Oftentimes, people with a loved one in recovery are unsure of what they can do to be the most supportive friend or family member available to that person. Treatment Alternatives New Jersey can help you to provide a strong positive support system for your friend or loved one in recovery.

Addicts may feel like their friends and family do not understand what they are going through. A a supportive loved one, do some research and read up on their specific addiction in order to try and understand what they are battling. If you can, talk to other addicts to gain some knowledge from their experience and what worked best for them from their friends and family.

Never make excuses for an addict to continue hurting themselves. Covering up someone’s bad behavior only delays their recovery process at a drug and alcohol recovery center in New Jersey. Although you cherish them and want their happiness, remember that this addiction is ultimately hurting them. Giving into addictions on a short term level is prolonging a long term sober life.

Speak up. Let your friend or loved one in recovery know that you are there to help them and that they can come to you to talk at any time. Let them know you are not there to judge them, but to try and help. Let them know that they can trust you and that you won’t break that trust. Don’t wait until someone is close to hitting rock bottom; voice your concerns early on. People feel better when they know someone cares about their wellbeing, well before it is too late.

Don’t confront an addict while they are drunk, high, or using. When using, they will not be in the right state of mind to be confronted, or they may not remember talking to you. Talk to them when they are sober, rational, and willing to listen. This is likely to be when they will be the most open to change and getting help.

Help remind them that they are not defined by their addiction. Discuss their goals, hopes, and dreams  to remind them of the success and happier days to come.

Don’t judge an addict during their recovery process. Deciding to submit yourself into recovery can be one of the most difficult steps an addict has to make. Be supportive of their decision and understand that recovery takes time.

Don’t expect immediate change. Understand that for some people, recovery is a lifelong process. People are not capable of changing overnight, let your friend or loved one know that you are here to support them throughout the potentially long process. Of course, total sobriety is the end goal, but help them to establish smaller goals to meet each week or month. Achieving these goals will help them maintain a positive mindset.


Use these tips from Treatment Alternatives New Jersey to become the most positive support system for your friend or loved one in recovery, and help them reclaim control of their life.

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