How To Help a Family Member Recovering From a Drug or Alcohol Addiction
Recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction is a difficult, life-long process. However, studies have shown that addicts have a better chance of achieving sobriety when they are surrounded by loving, educated and encouraging family members. If you have a family member who is struggling with their recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction, there are several ways you can help them with their fight. Become Educated The first step to helping a family member recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction is to become educated. Learn all you can about the substance(s) they have used and the recovery process. Some valuable resources include the National Institute of Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Get Support It is important that you do not feel alone in your quest to help your recovering family member. Gather a few trusted people you can talk with about your struggles as well as your family member’s difficulties. Talking with others who also have a family member recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction will help combat feelings of loneliness and isolation. Be Present One of most powerful things you can do for a family member recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction is to be there for them, even when no one else is. Be supportive. Offer help and encouragement whenever you can. If you know there are certain situations where they may be more vulnerable to relapse, be there with them as they go through it. Offer Distractions Cravings will come for your recovering family member. You can help them through these cravings by offering or creating distractions. Just participating an activity can help mitigate the cravings by taking their mind off of them. Some common examples of helpful distractions are: going for a walk, playing games, or exercising. Stay Patient Recovery is difficult. If your family member relapses, stay patient. Many former addicts relapsed before being able to achieve more consistent sobriety. Do not enable or accept the behavior, but remember to remain patient and stay positive. Avoid Temptations As a member of their support group, it is helpful for you to know your recovering family member’s weak points. There are probably people and/or situations that bring up cravings for drugs or alcohol. Know these tempting circumstances and help your recovering family member avoid them. When you have a family member recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction, use these tips to ease their burden. Gallus Detox is an alcohol and drug detox facility filled with caring, compassionate medical professionals. Our method is proven. Countless people have already regained their life and you can too. Contact us online or call 855-388-6929.