Recovery from drug addiction can be a challenging process, and there are right and wrong ways of supporting a person on the road to recovery and general well-being. Here are some things to remember and acceptable actions to take when supporting a person recovering from drug addiction.

Be Pragmatic

In this process, you can expect stumbling blocks like resistance and probable relapse. But keep in mind that rehabilitation and recovery are attainable by taking the right actions and steps. Embrace a neutral viewpoint to help you stay positive and motivated even when faced with the various challenges along the process.

Keep in mind they are still the close person you know and care about even amidst the trials

It often gets hard to clearly understand a person who is into drug abuse. However, their addiction and dependence on drugs often breed unfortunate and sometimes desolate actions. They may not be in a position to control their words and actions, and it is, therefore, advisable not to judge or take things personally throughout the process. Besides, blaming and shaming will do little to help or support their recovery and mental health development. Often times, both people in a relationship have substance issues and if that is the case then you may need to consider rehab for couples – this way you can go through the process together.

This does not mean that you should overlook their wrongdoings to you or others (see #7) – but they are still worthy of an empathetic gesture: the chance for medical care and treatment.

Acknowledge that you can’t assist them or fix their problem all by yourself

Drug abuse and related disorders are serious mental health matters that call for experienced medical care and guidance for a successful recovery. The process proves to be a tough and sensitive one, considering the risks associated with detox, complications that may result from underlying triggers, and the probable relapse. It goes to show that anything can go wrong along the way. As such, you should know that you can’t be the only one to fix your loved one’s dependence or be their only support system. Their best shot at full recovery is an all-round support system that includes medical care and supportive peers who are also on the road to recovery.

Don’t Hesitate to make supportive decisions

Sometimes, denial happens for the addict and the close ones. Avoiding conversations and taking actions may be easier, but it only means missed chances for faster healing and a higher risk of psychological, physical, emotional, and probable life damage. The various drug addiction effects can be debilitating.

Get around roadblocks rather than against them:

  • Observe the person’s private space as you walk them through treatment.
  • Inform them of what you know about the treatment center for a chance to familiarize themselves.
  • Keep in mind that their recovery is about putting their top personal goals first – not your expectations for them.
  • Acknowledge that, even when it calls for time off work, rehab is the best way to save their career too.
  • Despite the resistance of the person you care about, and their unwillingness to get real help, it is possible to get proper advice by calling a treatment center.

Turn to an expert interventionist

Professional advice and intervention by an expert are essential as the health and well-being of your loved one are paramount. Finding an expert to help take you through the process may guarantee success throughout rehab and lead to long-term strides in recovery. 

Avoid enabling habits

Be frank about your feelings, wishes, and limits. Also, be honest about your expectation towards your loved one. Enabling means shielding the addicted person from the outcomes of their substance abuse. Picking up the pieces of their life, money matters, duties, and daily requirements may seem like the right thing. However, enabling hinders recovery and moving on. A treatment center or an expert interventionist can help you differentiate enabling behavior from supportive behavior.

Make a clear distinction between their unacceptable habits and trade-offs you won’t make

When individuals need to reform and abandon their bad habits, cutting them slack doesn’t do them any favors. The road to transformation won’t be a smooth one, but it will get even bumpier if you continue to support the bad habits – regardless of how indirect the support might be. Be honest and clear about things that you are unwilling to condone, and stick to those limits. As soon as your loved one starts treatment, you will enjoy support for the positive limits thanks to new behavior building and family programming.