Helping a Friend in Addiction Recovery

Nov 24, 2022 | Rehab

Addiction is often considered taboo. However, that’s not how it should be addressed. Not talking about addiction only stops people from asking for the help they need. This often worsens the situation leading to serious health issues. Thus, it is necessary to talk about addiction with your loved ones and even to help them whenever needed. 

It is equally important to talk to people who are already in addiction recovery. They need more support as the process of recovery is not easy. 

Talking to Someone in Addiction Recovery 

Addiction recovery is a tough process and it requires a lot of hard work to achieve sobriety. As a good friend or a family member, it is your job to help your loved one during these tough times. Instead of testing their abilities to refuse substances, you should actually to talk them and make them feel better. 

Here are some examples of things you should avoid saying to a recovering addict: 

  1. “I miss the fun we used to have drinking at parties.” 
  2. “Are you sure you don’t want even a single drink?” 
  3. “I heard you went to rehab. Were you locked up in a room?” 
  4. “Does Alcoholics Anonymous force you to believe in God?” 
  5. “Remember that crazy party we went to?”
  6. “How can stay away from alcohol? That’s weird!” 

Such sentences can only increase their cravings and even lead to a relapse. 

Thus, it is better to be polite and considerate of their condition. Here are some “examples of polite ways you can make a conversation with a recovering addict. 

  1. “I understand your situation and I am here to help if you need me.” 
  2. “You can share your experience only if you feel comfortable doing so.”
  3. “I am here to support you.” 
  4. “I am proud of your progress.”
  5. “I can see the positive change in you after rehab.” 

Another great way to help a loved one is by helping them seek treatment. You can come to Taylor Recovery and help your loved one enroll in the addiction treatment program. 

Contact our team to schedule an appointment.