The Covid-19 virus isn’t the only thing that’s evolving during this global pandemic. Mental illnesses, addictions, and substance use are all changing, too. Due to increased isolation and unemployment, a mental health crisis is brewing.
Did your loved one’s addiction make itself known during the pandemic? Are you hoping to help them through the addiction recovery process?
We know how difficult it is to watch your loved one suffer. We also recognize how much you want to help. Read on to learn some of our best tips for helping your loved one cope during this unprecedented time.
1. Create a Substance-Free Hangout
One of the best things you can do for your loved one is help them avoid temptation. You can provide this by creating a temptation-free place where your loved one can relax.
If your loved one lives with you, then you’ve got to remove all substances from your home. Don’t leave alcohol within view even if you still drink it on occasion. It’s also a good idea to remove certain items in the home that may remind your loved one of their addiction.
If your loved one doesn’t live with you, then you should still take care in your home. Make sure to put away anything like alcohol before your friend comes over. Also, be sure to avoid inviting others over that used to partake in the same substance as your loved one.
2. Be Available
Did you know that addiction is often called a disease of isolation? There’s a reason that social outliers are often the ones with substance abuse issues.
If isolation leads to addiction, then recovery must involve some positive socialization. Recovering from addiction alone isn’t impossible, but it is more challenging. Your support could make all the difference for your loved one.
With that in mind, be available for your loved one. Let them know that they can reach out to you if they feel the urge to use. Follow through by actually responding to your loved one if (or when) they do reach out.
3. Practice Patience and Self-Care
Recovery is a process and journey, not a destination. With that in mind, you’ll need to be patient even if your loved one makes a mistake.
In the same vein, practice self-care, too. Your loved one’s sobriety is not your sole responsibility. Your loved one must want to recover to succeed.
Help Your Loved One Through Addiction Recovery
Addiction recovery doesn’t happen overnight. Instead, it’s a long-term commitment. Your loved one can’t do it alone, and your help is an invaluable resource to help them stay sober.
You can help your loved one stay on track by following the tips above. Remember to take care of yourself, too, though, and be open to changes your loved one is going through.
Do you think you and your loved one need extra support during recovery? At Pathways in Florida, we have several treatment plans that can help your loved one thrive. Reach out to us today to learn more about our services.