Supporting Your Loved One During Substance Abuse Recovery

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If a loved one is going through recovery from substance abuse addiction, you might be wondering how to act and what things you can do to offer that person support. Having support while going through an addiction treatment program is necessary and extremely beneficial for a successful recovery. Here are a few ways in which you can support your loved one during this time.

  • Be available. Show your loved one that you are there for them whenever they need to talk or just someone to listen.
  • Offer them a place to stay. Allow them to stay at your place so that they have someone to turn to.
  • Explore hobbies together. Taking up a hobby is a great way for your loved one to keep substance abuse off their mind and participate in healthy activities.
  • Suggest support groups. Encourage your loved one to attend a support group so that they can see they are not alone.
  • Love them unconditionally. Show them genuine care instead of judgement.

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Four Tips to Kick an Addiction

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After fighting substance abuse for many years, Deborah King now shares her knowledge, which she has gained from her recovery, with others who are also struggling with drug addiction. Through her experience, she has devised four tips to help kick an addiction.

  1. Get out of Denial – You must accept that you have a problem. King suggests physically writing down a list of the pros and cons of your current lifestyle. Seeing a long list of cons and short list of pros can help give you motivation to want to change your lifestyle.
  2. Ask for Help – People often mistake asking for help as a sign of weakness, when in actuality it is a sign of courage. The internet is a great place to begin looking for help. There are plenty of residential drug treatment centers who would be more than happy to talk to you or even take you on a tour of their facility. You can also look for support groups such as AA meetings.
  3. Refuse the Labels – Know that addiction does not define who you are.
  4. Live in the Now – The past is gone and the future is not here yet, so instead, live in the present moment and take life one day at a time.

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The Benefits of Attending Recovery Support Groups

When you’re in recovery, you will likely experience many different forms of treatment, including individual therapy, family therapy, drug counseling, and most likely support groups. One common example of a support group is the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) community that provides 12-step meetings. Those who attend meetings are recovering addicts and there are rarely any “experts” in the room. Instead, the …

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