Mental Health

Highlighting the Importance of Family Support in Recovery 

family support in recovery

You should never underestimate the importance of family support in recovery. This is especially true around the holidays—and even more so when those holidays are taking place during a pandemic. But, in a year that’s been so abnormal, we need to ask ourselves how we can support our loved ones in recovery if we’re not going to be seeing them in person. 

For those who suffer from alcohol or drug abuse, these times can make it even more difficult to avoid potential triggers, especially in the absence of family celebrations. If you have a loved one at risk, then understanding the importance of family support can go a long way. Below, we’re sharing some advice on how you can offer family support and friendship in addiction recovery during these pandemic holidays, with tips that can help show your loved one you prioritize their sobriety as much as they do. 

Holiday Tips for Family Members 

Holidays, family, and addiction relapse; it might not seem like these three things would come up in the same conversation, but having an open dialogue about recovery and a plan to help keep your friend or family member safe is important at this time of the year. Since holidays & alcohol abuse are so closely linked, try implementing the following tips with your loved one to support their sobriety this season. 

  1. Celebrate virtually.

    You might not be able to offer your support in person, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be there in spirit. Hosting virtual holiday events with your loved one shows that they’re on your mind, and can be a massive help if they’re feeling lonely or isolated. 

  2. Be a source of (judgement-free) support.

    Keep the lines of communication open, taking and initiating phone or video calls with your loved one in recovery and letting them know that you’re a safe source to speak with concerning anything they might be feeling. 

  3. Educate yourself.

    You’re stuck inside anyway, so you may as well use some of the time to seek out resources on what someone in recovery might be going through during this pandemic. There are also virtual groups and forums for family members, where people can share their stories and find mutual support. 

  4. Promote healthy lifestyle choices.

    Avoid getting preachy, but do come up with some healthy activities and goals you and your loved can both do from home. Download a mindfulness app and ask if they want to join you in doing 30 days straight of mediation, or sign up for an online yoga class you can take together—even if you’re not. 

What’s crucial to keep in mind about the importance of family support in recovery is that you are not responsible for someone else’s sobriety. Do your best by following the tips above, but don’t apply extreme pressure on yourself when it comes to your own personal role in ensuring your loved one stays on track. But, the more you know, the more supportive you can be, so do look

into additional resources, such as those on substance abuse and co-occurring disorders like depression and anxiety

Want more information? Learn more about us, or contact us if you believe your friend or family member needs professional support over the holidays.

December 23rd, 2020