Three ways to support someone in the early stages of addiction recovery

Three ways to support someone in the early stages of addiction recovery
Author: Tulip Hill Recovery
Published: February 12, 2021

When someone is in the early stages of addiction recovery, they need all the support they can get. Your support might be just what they need to stay on track with their recovery and enjoy a life free from addiction. However, supporting someone in the early stages of addiction recovery can feel challenging. To help, our team wants to provide some tips that you can use as you support someone in recovery.

Supporting someone in the early stages of addiction recovery

  1. Listen — Treatment is just the beginning of addiction recovery. Recovery can be looked at as a lifelong process of maintaining sobriety and resisting temptation. These early stages of recovery can be physically and mentally challenging, and it’s important that your loved one has someone who is willing to listen to them and support them.
  2. Be patient — Sobriety doesn’t happen overnight. It is a process that requires time and effort. It’s important to be patient and be a source of positivity that can help encourage your loved one to continue on their recovery journey.
  3. Host sober activities — One of the struggles people recovering from addiction face is simply enjoying their time without substances or alcohol. Without what was once the center of their attention, they might feel lost. You can help them rediscover how to enjoy their time by hosting sober activities, such as going to grab a cup of coffee, spending a day in the park, watching a movie, hosting a board game night and many more similar activities.

Start the recovery journey at Tulip Hill Recovery

Is someone you love struggling with an alcohol or substance addiction? Clinical and therapy professionals, like those at Tulip Hill Recovery, can provide addiction treatment and counseling. However, people like you who are involved in the recovering person’s day-to-day life can also play a role by being supportive throughout their recovery journey.

Do you need to talk with someone about seeking professional treatment for an addiction? At Tulip Hill, our treatment model emphasizes the dual diagnosis approach, which means we treat addiction as well as co-occurring mental health disorders that might be fueling the addiction. This helps a person in recovery become better equipped for dealing with the challenges of mental health disorders without feeling like they need substances or alcohol to cope. Please contact us online or call us at 877-845-8192 to get in touch with our team and help start the recovery journey.

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