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How to Support Loved Ones In Recovery?

How To Support Loved Ones Who Are In Recovery?

Supporting a loved one who is in recovery from addiction can be a challenging but rewarding experience. Whether you are a spouse, parent, sibling, or friend, your support and understanding can make a significant difference in your loved one’s journey towards recovery. Here are some tips for how to support loved ones who are in recovery:

Educate yourself:

One of the most important things you can do to support a loved one in recovery is to educate yourself about addiction and recovery. This can involve learning about the causes and effects of addiction, as well as the various treatment options and recovery resources available. By understanding more about addiction and recovery, you can better understand your loved one’s experiences and needs and provide more informed and effective support.

Be a listening ear:

One of the most powerful things you can do to support a loved one in recovery is simply to listen. This means being present and attentive when your loved one wants to talk and avoiding judgment or criticism. It’s important to remember that recovery is a journey, and your loved one may have a lot of emotions and experiences to process. By being a listening ear, you can help your loved one feel heard and supported.

Set boundaries:

While it’s important to be supportive, it’s also important to set boundaries and respect your own limits. This can involve setting boundaries around your own time and energy and setting limits on what you are and are not willing to do to support your loved one’s recovery. It’s important to remember that you are not responsible for your loved one’s recovery, and you need to take care of yourself as well.

Encourage healthy habits:

Recovery involves more than just abstaining from substance use. It also involves developing new, healthy habits and behaviours. You can support your loved one in this process by encouraging healthy habits, such as regular exercise, good nutrition, and healthy sleep patterns. You can also encourage your loved one to participate in activities and hobbies that bring joy and purpose to their life.

Offer practical support:

In addition to emotional support, it can be helpful to offer practical support to your loved one in recovery. This could involve helping with tasks such as grocery shopping, transportation, or paying bills. It could also involve helping your loved one find and access recovery resources, such as support groups or therapy.

Take care of yourself:

Supporting a loved one in recovery can be emotionally and physically draining, and it’s important to take care of yourself as well. This can involve setting aside time for self-care, such as exercise, meditation, or hobbies, and seeking support from friends, family, or a therapist. It’s also important to remember that you are not alone, and there are resources and support available for those who are supporting loved ones in recovery.


Supporting a loved one in recovery can be a challenging but rewarding experience. By educating yourself, being a listening ear, setting boundaries, encouraging healthy habits, offering practical support, and taking care of yourself, you can provide a strong foundation of support for your loved one’s journey towards recovery.

Want to chat more about the challenges of recovery? Our discord community is a great place to get advice and chat with others in similar situations.

This update was mixed by Craig, Co-founder at YADA Collective.