We all need people in our support system to help us work through the ups and downs of life. This is especially true when recovering from a mental health condition or substance use disorder. Support from friends and family is crucial to maximizing recovery. However, what do you do when your loved ones don’t fully know how to support you?
As you learn more about yourself and the type of support you need, you can educate your loved ones on how they can be there for you. Some areas to address for stronger recovery are understanding, communication, and support.
Ask your loved ones to learn more about substance use disorders and mental health conditions, as well as what recovery looks like. They can learn about these topics by reading books, attending support groups, and participating in family therapy. Most importantly, they learn about your substance abuse or mental health treatment and recovery by communicating with you about your experiences.
Strong communication is key in any relationship. Make arrangements to regularly sit down and talk about how you are doing. This will help keep the lines of communication open. Advocate for members in your support system to listen with an understanding and non-judgmental ear. Encourage them to ask questions about your outpatient treatment experiences and what you need from them.
Teach your loved ones about the type of support you need from them. Maybe you’d like them to hold you accountable to attend 12 step meetings and therapy appointments. Or perhaps you would appreciate them asking you to hang out more frequently. And don’t forget, it’s okay to ask them to respect your recovery by not having drugs or alcohol around when you spend time together.
Recovering from substance abuse or a mental health condition requires a large amount of support from those closest to you. It’s important to speak with your loved ones and educate them on the best way to support you throughout this process. Having this conversation strengthens recovery and supports long-term wellness.
If you are living with a substance use disorder or mental health condition, High Focus Centers is here to help. Our outpatient treatment team uses evidence-based treatment models to help people achieve long-term wellness. And with telehealth video conferencing technology, we can provide therapy and support while you practice social distancing due to COVID-19. Contact our team today to learn more about our treatment options and how to start your recovery.