What You Can Do to Encourage A Sober Lifestyle
Ways to encourage sobriety
Encouraging sobriety isn’t about praising every victory and morning every setback; instead, it’s about being supportive as your loved one crafts a new lifestyle and leaves behind choices of the past. By taking action and walking with them through this journey, you can show support more than just through words alone.
Anyone who battles addiction also is likely to battle guilt and shame. They beat themselves up enough, so it’s your job to remind them that they are more than their past mistakes and that you don’t judge them for what they’ve done.
They may also feel like people are just waiting for them to relapse. Even if they do make a mistake (and it’s honestly an important part of recovery that they learn from these mistakes that do occur), let them know that they’re no failure. Encourage them to see this as a learning opportunity and show them that one mistake will not send you away.
Having someone to talk to is important in maintaining sobriety. It gives your loved one the ability to externally process what is going on in their mind, come up with plans for the future and bounce ideas off the people they trust. While it’s important to set healthy boundaries (some things are best managed by a licensed therapist), letting your loved one know you’re always willing to listen is encouragement enough.
Show your encouragement by offering positive reinforcement for new behavior. For example, if you notice that they seem more relaxed after going to a support group meeting, tell them you think that the meetings are helpful because you sense they feel better afterward. If you see your loved one trying to do more in other areas of their life, offer support there, too. Tell them you think it’s great that they are learning a new hobby or taking on more responsibility at work.
Offer a safe space
It’s important for someone in recovery to be in environments free of drugs or alcohol, especially in the beginning. Make your home a safe place to visit. When you go out, suggest other types of social activities instead of bars or clubs so they won’t have to worry about being around alcohol or drugs. They’re going to struggle enough with the challenges of everyday life—ensure they don’t have to also struggle around you.
Encourage healthy habits
Suggest finding other pastimes to replace old bad habits. Offer to join a sports group or take up a hobby with your loved one. Remind them that part of being healthy is eating right and exercising, so offer support in those areas, too, by cooking healthy meals or going to the gym with them.
Recovery from addiction is a process that never ends, but it does get easier with time. By being supportive of your loved one’s efforts, you can help them continue to maintain sobriety.
Action and words of encouragement for sobriety
While it’s important to do what you can—be it listening, conversing or encouraging sobriety through your own actions – it’s also important that your loved one gets the right kind of help. Freedom Detox offers both outpatient alcohol and drug rehab in the Charlotte area, with detox and recovery programs custom-designed for each individual. To get in contact with a counselor today, call our offices anytime at 800-475-2312.