The path toward recovery from addiction is often not a straight line. It’s important that family and friends know what to do, and what not to do, at this critical time.
Seeing a loved one return to drugs or alcohol after treatment for addiction can be devastating to family and friends. It may make you feel as though everything you and the addict have done to address the addiction has been in vain.
Naturally, you want to help the family member or friend with the addiction so they can regain their health and get back to life as it once was. You may feel like you would do anything — including sacrificing your own needs and wants — to help your loved one. But experts say that’s not what’s best for addicts.
Here are some important dos and don’ts to keep in mind when a loved one relapses.
What You Can Do to Help the Addict
Do remember that this is the addict’s battle. Thinking this way will help you cope with the situation: To truly get well, they need to do it on their own.