Whether you view addiction as a learning disorder or a disease, everybody agrees that addiction is a problem that can affect entire families. One family member’s addiction can spurn legal troubles, emotional distress, financial struggles, and unmet emotional or developmental needs for loved ones [1]. This can make it difficult for family members to offer their loved ones in recovery all the support they need during recovery. The professionals at Excel Behavioral Health, a dual diagnosis treatment center, are here to help your family in these trying times.

Get the Support You Need

There is a reason airlines encourage you to apply your oxygen mask in cases of emergency before helping others. You cannot help others without helping yourself first. If your loved one’s addiction has caused struggle in your life, it’s important to reach out for help. There are support groups, therapy approaches, and other tools you can use to help yourself heal from any struggles.

Consider Housing Opportunities

After your child or loved one completes treatment, you’ll likely want them to come home right away. However, for some people in recovery, a sober living home or halfway house may be the next step after residential treatment. These sober living homes are a half-step from recovery, giving support while helping the individual transition back into everyday life while staying sober.

Be Supportive and Optimistic

Support is crucial in helping a loved one maintain their sobriety after treatment [2]. In fact, support is important for more than just sobriety, it is also crucial for overall well-being. A positive attitude about your loved one’s recovery can help fortify long-term sobriety [2].

Help Establish a Sober Routine

A routine can make any new lifestyle easier, one step at a time. This is true when it comes to learning how to live in a sober way. You can help your loved one maintain long-term sobriety by helping them establish new, sober routines. Routines can include exercise, applying for jobs, and taking up new hobbies. Routines can help make sobriety your loved one’s new normal, allowing for further integration into a sober lifestyle.

Exercise with a Friend or Loved One Who is Newly Sober

Idle time can turn into idle hands, and this spells bad news for recovery. Relapse rates in the first year following treatment range from 60-90 percent, but exercise can help reduce these rates [3]. Lifestyle modifications, such as added fitness routines, can help to reduce the likelihood of relapse. Making exercise a group activity can help keep the activities going, along with bringing social support into more daily routines.

Remember that alcoholism and anxiety treatment exists because there is a powerful link between these two disorders. It’s important to remember that your loved one is not only fighting alcoholism but likely a mental illness as well including anxiety, depression, bi polar etc.

Make Daily Lists Together

Making lists of simple things, such as drinking enough water, can help serve as reminders for these important steps of daily health. Mental and physical checks should be on the list [4]. When your loved one isn’t feeling their best, they can refer to their list to see if they’ve missed out on important baseline tasks to support their health.

Consult Their Treatment Facility

If your child or loved one is a minor, you may be able to contact their treatment facility for tips on helping to support their personalized sobriety plan. You can also call for generalized advice on maintaining sobriety. Contact our dual diagnosis treatment center today for more tips on helping your loved one in their recovery.


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