Supporting a partner as they travel the tough road through addiction and recovery is a challenge requiring patience, trust, love, and dedication. Your loved one is in a fragile emotional place after rehab. Cravings persist. Anxious and resentful feelings can build quickly. Unresolved anger simmers just below the surface.
You know you have to learn to trust again — but how? After all, burying the resentment of the past sounds easier than it is. The good news is that recovery is a journey and not a destination. Just as you don’t expect your loved one to feel perfectly healthy right after rehab, no one expects you to feel perfectly happy now that your partner is home.
There are ways to support your recovering partner without driving yourself crazy. Your loved one has worked hard to get sober, and your support plays a key role in their aftercare plan. Therapy and addiction counseling are essentials, but so is the daily support you give your loved one. If you’re helping a loved one through recovery or are considering addiction recovery for couples, here’s what you need to know.
Practical Tips for Helping a Loved One in Recovery
Getting rid of any alcohol or drugs in your home was the first step towards success. To continue supporting your partner in addiction recovery, you can also:
When You Need Help
Addiction damages the strongest relationships. If you’re trying your best to support your loved one but you feel you could benefit from additional support, help is available. Partner support group meetings provide an opportunity to share your feelings openly, and without judgment. Marital counseling and addiction counseling are other options. Not only can you learn how to communicate effectively, but you can also better define the role you’ll play in your partner’s recovery, and they can learn how to support you as well.
For more information on helping a partner recover from substance abuse, contact Clarity Way today.
Posted on June 25th, 2015 in Help Blog