Addiction recovery is a long and often difficult process, and it’s one we shouldn’t have to go through alone. Creating a support network as you look to move past addiction struggles is a vital part of the process, and at Renaissance Ranch, our addiction treatment program includes strong, solid support chains.
Both for those recovering from addiction and for friends or loved ones helping with recovery, here are some steps to take to form a strong, supportive network during recovery.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask
In many cases, those struggling with addiction won’t know how to ask for help – or will fear doing so. They also may simply not think they have a problem in the first place, which can lead to issues with denial.
Asking for help, however, is the first and most vital step toward recovery. This can be to a friend, family member or even to medical professionals. Asking for help is a sign of strength and awareness, a strong first step to recovery.
Once the people in a support system have been identified, deciding what’s expected from this network is next up. Communicate openly with people in your support network about what you’re hoping to achieve and what you want out of the relationship, and look to surround yourself with people who will allow you to reach these goals in a positive way.
Recovery can feel like an isolated process, and sometimes you’ll need to separate from family or friends to improve. This is where group therapy and support meetings come in – they’re a great outlet for people to connect with others who have had similar experiences and struggles. Even if you have to miss a week or two here or there, continue to attend these sorts of resources as often as possible to stay on the path to recovery.
We can’t love others until we learn to love ourselves, and with this theme in mind, it’s best to avoid the major life-altering events you have control over while in the main stages of recovery – namely relationships. Romantic relationships can bring added stress, which may involve dangerous relapse triggers. Also consider other big life events you can control, such as a new job – if possible, limiting these events will allow you to focus on what’s most important.
No matter what, always be patient – time can be one of the most effective members of your support system. Addiction wasn’t created overnight, and the recover process won’t be completed that way either. Use the people in your support group to help you manage the tougher times and savor the good ones.
For more on building a proper support network, or for any information on our addiction treatment programs, speak to the caregivers at Renaissance Ranch today.