15 million. That’s how many people in the United States struggle with some form of alcohol use disorder. And how many people actually receive treatment for it?
Eight percent. That’s only 1.2 million people of those 15 million.
So if you know someone who’s a recovering alcoholic, then they have something to celebrate just for the fact that they received help. Being a supportive friend is the most important role you can play.
Tips to Help a Recovering Addict Steer Clear of Alcohol
When you’re friends with a recovering alcoholic, you want to help them as best as you can. A life free of alcohol abuse is a much more full life. You might not even think about some of the things that you could or couldn’t be doing to help them out.
Obviously, it’s easier not to drink if there isn’t any alcohol readily available for them to see or think about.
If you’re having a party, restricting alcohol entirely or keeping it to an extreme minimum is well worth the trouble. Explain to any guests that might not know that someone you know struggles with alcohol use, but don’t point them out or call them by name.
As supportive as you want to be to a friend who is recovering from alcohol abuse, sometimes you just can’t help in the way that someone who has also been through it can.
Encourage them to go to a support group. Don’t feel bad if you can’t do everything for your loved one. Thinking you’re the only one who can help can actually bring you down.
This center is a great place to direct people to that have yet to go through recovery, but you’re thinking of gently directing someone to go there.
Tell your friend or family member that you love them and you support them for their decision to get sober. Tell them how proud you are of their decision to better their lives, and let them know that you’re there supporting them.
Not only does it help to verbally acknowledge them and let them know how you feel, creating a no-judgment attitude is the healthiest thing that you can do. Do your best to stop yourself from making any critical marks. Chances are they’ve already thought about that themselves.
Living a healthy lifestyle is important for everyone, but establishing those habits in someone’s life who’s a recovering addict helps give them a routine to stick to.
When they have a regular, healthy routine, it helps to fight off feelings of depression and set up a plan for what they will do in the day. The feeling of stability can be helpful in creating a healthy recovery environment.
To Recovery and Beyond
When you know a recovering alcoholic, there are many different aspects of recovery.
They involve exercise, support, and treating both your body and your mind.
It’s not an easy road, and every day is a day you can encourage your friend or family member with your support. But in the end, seeing someone you love happy and healthy is worth everything you invest into it.