Addiction is one of the hardest things a person might go through in their life. It can also be challenging for friends and loved ones to watch the people they love struggle with addiction. No one’s journey is the same when it comes to recovery, and that is why building a support system is a huge proponent in achieving and maintaining sobriety.
Recovery is a unique learning process for those who are sober and for those who are supporting their loved one’s sobriety. “Go where you feel supported,” says Shane Kuhlman, Chief Psychology Officer at Centerstone, “Advocate for yourself and limit your contact or get away from people who don’t support you in your recovery.” Boundaries are essential for sober living—you can’t assume that everyone is aware or supportive of your sobriety so you need to make your needs known to those who want to be there for you and to disconnect from those who are unsupportive of your recovery.
Although, sometimes those in recovery are placed in vulnerable positions by being in the presence of alcohol or substances. As someone who is supporting them, it is helpful to try and find alternative activities that do not involve alcohol or substances. A few examples would be, walking in the park, exploring a new area, watching a really great movie and talking about it afterward, or trying to pick up a hobby or two that you find joy in.
Forming new healthy habits that support sober living can take time. In fact, it takes about three to six months to fully form a new habit, which is why goals tend to fall through at the beginning of the new year. Here are some ways you can offer support to someone in recovery:
Throughout this journey, the most important part to remember is that no one is alone, and having support is truly what helps people move forward.
If you or someone you know is struggling with their recovery, Centerstone can help. Call 1-877-HOPE123 (1-877-467-3123) for more information.
If you are in crisis, please call our crisis line, call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.
If you're still having trouble and would like to reach out to someone about counseling or other Centerstone services, contact us.
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