What to Say to Someone in Recovery

Recovery | LakehouseRecoveryCenter.com

Going through recovery from drug or alcohol addiction is a process that can benefit largely from having the support of friends and family. It can be difficult for friends and family members to figure out what to say during these times. You want to help, but you’re not quite sure how. You don’t want to say anything that’s going to upset your loved one. Here is a list of what to say and what not to say to your loved on who is going through recovery.

Do NOT say:

“How long have you been sober?”

Instead Say:

“How is it going?”

Do NOT say:

“When can you stop going to meetings?”

Instead Say:

“You’re fortunate you have found a place to talk about your problems.”

Do NOT say:

“I know how you feel.”

Instead Say:

“I can’t imagine what you’re going through – but I am here for you and will help you get healthy in any way I can.”

Do NOT say:

“Are you sure you’re an alcoholic/addict?”

Instead Say:

“Can I come to a meeting with you so that I can learn more about what you’re going through?”

 

Click HERE for the full article by Sasha Bronner on Huffington Post.