8 Simple Ways to Support Someone in the Recovery Journey

When a person is on the journey of recovery from substance abuse, it is very important that they have some sort of support network in their life. Quite frequently, when a person enters into recovery, they have suffered from adverse effects of their abuse and can be at an emotional rock-bottom.

One way that people can show support to those in the recovery process is to simply respect that they are undergoing a difficult and challenging time in their lives. By understanding that they are changing and there may be mood swings, as well as giving them space and/or companionship when needed, a person can actually help them.

By not openly displaying alcoholic beverages or other intoxicants or ingesting these substances while in the company of those in recovery, a person can show their support.

An important part of the recovery process for many people is to attend 12-Step and other support group meetings. These meetings can be a tremendous amount of support, especially to those in early recovery.

After finding meetings that work for them, most people in recovery begin to attend certain meetings on a regular basis. This often involves being away from the home for a couple of hours, several days or nights per week. People who are closely involved with those who are regularly attending recovery meetings can show their support by accepting that the other person is going out to do something positive.

As a person continues to attend 12-Step meetings, they usually receive acknowledgment for achieving different lengths of sobriety or clean time. These milestones are generally very important to the one in recovery and acknowledging them can give them a real sense of support.

For lots of married 12-Step group members, the anniversary date of their sobriety can be just as important as their wedding anniversary date. It is commonly suggested to members of these groups that their sobriety should become the most important thing in their life. This requires acceptance on the parts of those who are closely involved with those in recovery.

Learning about the recovery process in general, as well as gaining knowledge regarding specific types of substance abuse can be quite helpful. By making a real effort to learn about their disease, a person can show someone in recovery that they care enough to become knowledgeable about their condition.

When dining out or attending social activities with someone that is in recovery, a person may have multiple opportunities to show their support for the other person’s recovery efforts. They can suggest restaurants and other facilities that do not serve alcohol, and also be aware of menu items that contain alcohol. Even if this means forsaking a lovely chicken Marsala dinner or a scrumptious Bananas Foster desert, it can be very helpful to the person in recovery.

After a person has been in recovery for a substantial amount of time, they are generally but not always more comfortable about dining at establishments that serve alcohol.

While it is not suggested that one should display a phony personality, it can be very comforting to someone in recovery if the people around them are trying to stay upbeat and positive. At times, someone in the recovery process may be feeling down in the dumps, and any positive communication regarding their efforts can be seen as support.

A very important yet simple way that a person can support someone who is in recovery is to just be there as a friend. Letting them know that they care and will be there if they need someone to talk to is a simple yet huge gesture of support.

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