Assisting Loved Ones in Sustaining Their Sobriety

Everyone is Responsible For Helping in Recovery

Addiction is classified as a family disease which means that it affects everybody who is involved in the individual’s life. When an individual is recovering from an addiction, the family will often have to make their own sacrifices in order to ensure that the individual remains in sobriety. This is especially the case for those who are in early remission from addiction. This is the most vulnerable time in a recovering addicts life and it’s important that family and friends aid in the recovery process as much as possible.

It’s important that recovering addicts are not surrounded by triggers that may influence them to use and possibly relapse. This means that family and friends should not be using substances when the individual is around. If they are a recovering alcoholic, ensuring that there is no alcohol consumption occurring when they are around is key to their success in sustaining sobriety.

Make Yourself Available

Something that is truly undervalued when it comes to helping an individual who is recovering from addiction is making yourself available. These individuals need a strong support system and family is often the most important support network that they have. It’s important that you are non-judgmental during this crucial time as these individuals are still emotionally recovering from their addiction.

Ensuring that you provide them encouragement and a structurally sound environment that is conducive to recovery, you are doing your part in assisting them in their recovery journey.

Coping Mechanisms and Trigger Management

For a recovering addict, knowing coping mechanisms and when to use them are key to sustaining sobriety. When a recovering addict experiences temptation or the urge to use, they must know to cope and manage their desire to give in to their addiction. Removing yourself from the environment that is pressuring you to use is key in not giving in to your temptation. Leaving the situation will give you a clear mindset and the ability to make good choices as opposed to staying and fighting the urge to use.

Trigger management is also fundamental when wanting to remain sober. Avoiding triggers in the first place will lessen your chances of relapse. Some of the most common addiction relapse triggers are:

  • Feeling depressed or sad
  • HALT: feelings of hunger, anger, lonely, or tired
  • High-stress levels
  • Mental illness
  • Feeling isolated
  • In an unhealthy relationship
  • Social Situations
  • Low self-confidence
  • Insecurities

Refraining exposure to these triggers or getting help in order to manage these triggers can help prevent relapse from occurring. When individuals are not tempted, they are less likely to turn to drugs and alcohol.

Getting Help

If you are a recovering addict, there are many support groups that are available to help you better manage your recovery. Rebounding from addiction is possible with your dedication as well as the support and encouragement from those who are closest to you. Never feel ashamed or embarrassed to ask for help as that is the very reason why these support networks exist. It’s time to build a healthier future that is free from addiction.

Sources:

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugs-brains-behavior-science-addiction/treatment-recovery

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1852519/

If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.