Recovery is a lifelong process. Treatment for addiction helps direct an individual through lifestyle changes and offers counseling and therapy. Everything learned in treatment makes the integration into a sober life much easier. The temptation to relapse can be strong, especially in the first couple of months. Treatment teaches a person how to avoid triggers, which include people, places, and things that relate to his or her using drugs or alcohol.

Family and friends can help develop a plan for their loved one’s new life of sobriety. They need to provide a loving, supportive environment for their loved one’s recovery. Family and friends need to set boundaries, communicate, and go to counseling or therapy to mend and strengthen relationships with their addicted loved one.

The addicted brain craves the release of dopamine, which will provide momentary pleasure. The person in recovery needs to remain positive about living his or her life substance free. He or she will come across many challenges ahead. Family and friends should learn about and be aware of things that could cause their loved one to relapse.

Addiction is complex. Family and friends can encourage their loved one’s sobriety by remaining positive and supportive. When treatment ends, the person in recovery needs to continue self-care. He or she should attend group meetings or therapy where they can talk to other individuals in recovery. Relationships can develop through sharing experiences and is a great network to find new, sober friends.

A person with an addiction might have low self-esteem, low confidence, and feel ashamed or unworthy of living a substance-free life. Continue to attend group meetings or family therapy to work on healing relationships together. Participating in therapy sessions will also show your loved one how much he or she is loved.

It is helpful for family and friends to keep communication open with their loved one when treatment ends. Family and friends need to encourage, not shame their loved one. There is no cure for addiction, but recovery is possible.

If you or a loved one struggle with addiction, get help now. Nexus Recovery Services specializes in addiction treatment and encompasses holistic therapy for the mind, body, and soul with a focus on staying active and connected to nature. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life of sobriety. We offer a free and confidential consultation. Call us to get started: 310-881-9151

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