At New Start Clinics we believe in the whole-patient, which includes a support system paired with Medication-Assisted Treatment. We believe the support system is essential to a patient having a successful recovery. If you personally know someone going through addiction treatment, you can potentially play a role in their recovery process. Here are a few ways to support someone going through treatment.
Spend time with them.
It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but make time to connect in person. You could schedule a time to go for a walk, have a cup of tea, or have a meal together. It’s important for people going through treatment to know they have supportive people in their life.
Listen to them.
Ask about their experience and how they are doing, and be prepared to listen with no judgment. Going through the treatment process is a big life step for your friend or loved one, so offer encouragement and hugs when appropriate. Alternatively, if your loved one doesn’t want to talk about it, then you can still be supportive by following their wishes and allowing them the space to change their life. You’ll be there when they’re ready to talk.
Recovery is a lifelong process.
Don’t expect your loved one to just magically be cured after treatment. Addiction is a lifelong disease, and relapses can happen. Relapses are less likely to happen when there is a strong support network. It is important to continue to be supportive throughout your loved one’s life and let them know you’re there for them.