How to Support Your Friend in Recovery

It can be difficult to know how to best support your friend who is going through recovery. Perhaps you saw your friend while he or she was in the midst of using. It can be difficult to reconcile any past feelings of hurt, concern, or anger towards your friend and learn to be supportive. However, educating yourself about addiction and recovery are important first steps. This way, you’ll be working from a strong foundation of understanding your friend’s condition. Here are some simple ways you can support your friend who is in the midst of treatment. He or she needs plenty of support, understanding, and encouragement.

Learn about addiction and recovery. There are several resources online and in books that outline the basics of addiction and recovery. There is a lot to learn and the more you know, the less likely you are to experience anger, resentment, or judgmental feelings towards your friend in recovery.

Provide unconditional love and support. It’s very likely that your friend already feels isolated and guilty. Showing your friend that you will be there for him or her no matter what is a great way to show that you care.

Take care of yourself. Taking care of yourself is an important step in being able to care for and support others. It’s also a way to lead by example and show your friend that it’s important to engage in self-care. Make sure you are finding ways to relieve stress, calm your mind, and engage in healthy activities that bring you joy.

Attend a support group. There are many support groups for family and friends of those struggling with addiction. Nar-Anon and Al-anon are the two largest resources for family and friends. This is also a good way to meet others who are going through something similar.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction or emotional issues, help is available. Recovery improves quality of life, connection, and awareness. At The Beach House, we elevate the standard of comprehensive addiction treatment. Located on the sand in Malibu, California, we provide expert clinical care and a holistic approach to the recovery process. We ensure Best-in-Class treatment tailored to the needs of each client. Start your recovery journey today. You deserve it. Call or text: 310-862-6845.

Kimberly James

I am the founder and owner of The Beach House Treatment Center, The White House, Indigo Ranch, Sweetwater Mesa and Beach House Center for Wellness, all in Malibu, California.