Staying on the Path to Recovery:
For Addicts and Their Loved Ones
By Adam Cook
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Struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction can make sobriety seem like an
impossible destination to reach. People have made it there despite the most
impossible odds, usually with the help of a supportive family. The addict and
their family will all need support along the road to recovery to make it last.
Addict’s Road to Recovery
Deciding to make a change starts with addressing and acknowledging the root of
your addiction. Many people start abusing drugs or alcohol excessively due to a
loss of a loved one or some type of suffered trauma. Understand why you started
using and choose to find new, healthier methods to cope with stress once you get
your addiction under control.
Think about any failed attempts at sobriety you have made in the past. Figure
out what worked and what didn’t so that you can employ better methods this
time. Build on the things that worked and made you happy.
Setting specific, measurable goals can keep you on the path to recovery. Seeing
progress, no matter how small, can give you confidence and keep you motivated to
push through any difficulties.
Removing people, places, and things that you associate with your addiction from
your life can be a great help. People that use alcohol or drugs will be too
much of a temptation to be around if you are serious about getting well. Places
you used to frequent during these times can also trigger relapses, so you may
need to change your living arrangements to stay away from areas that might put
your continued recovery at risk.
Joining a recovery support group can be another step in the right direction.
Sharing similar experiences and learning from others who have been in the same
circumstances can be a good learning or coping tool. Finding out more tips that
helped others remain sober will just give you extra resources when you need
Focus on your mental and physical health. Staying healthy by exercising, eating
right, and getting enough sleep can keep your energy level and mood up. Finding
ways to keep yourself occupied and happy without drugs or alcohol will be the
key to happiness in the long run.
It could also be extremely beneficial to let close friends and family know about
commitment to sobriety
and ask for their support. Positive support and
encouragement can increase your chances of recovery. Involving loved ones can
also garner their respect and help solidify healthy relationships for you and
Care for the Addict’s Family
An addict’s family can go through an equal amount of stress and suffering
dealing with the addiction as the addict themselves. It is very important that
loved ones in this situation also get the help and support they need during the
Stay focused on your loved one’s addiction recovery by staying firm and
committed to their recovery plan. You can be accepting and understanding
without giving in to old habits. They will need you to
encourage them to keep
There will be setbacks but try to focus on the positive gains. Celebrate the
small victories and better behaviors. Remind them that they can do it, that
they are important, and that they are loved.
During this time do not neglect your own physical and mental health. You
deserve to be happy and thriving just as much as your recovering loved one.
Spend time doing things that interest you and enrich your life or you will be
drained by the energy it takes to care for a recovering addict.
Seek family or private therapy sessions to be sure you are dealing with
circumstances in a healthy way and not neglecting your own mental health. You
cannot continue to help your loved one by harming your own happiness and state
of well being.