September is National Recovery Month and is a time to raise awareness about recovery from all types of addiction and how to maintain it. Do you want to learn more about assisting family, friends, colleagues, and employees who work every day on their sobriety? We’ve included two sets of tips on supporting recovery from addiction: one set is how to support someone else. The other is how to support yourself.
Top 5 Tips to Support Someone in Recovery
1. Recognize that Recovery is a Daily Effort. Some days are more difficult than others. Just knowing that a person works all day, every day, on their recovery can help everyone involved in the situation.
2. Offer an Ear. Offer your time to simply listen. The opportunity to vent or just talk to a person, free of judgment, is a validating and empowering experience and very appreciated by someone in recovery.
3. Fuel their strength. Offer to go for a walk, make a cup of tea, or somehow be supportive in a healthy way. Whatever the person’s addiction was, support their strength by avoiding the source of their addiction.
4. Encourage professional support. Recovery is complex. Encouraging the support of a trained professional, like a Recovery Coach, can boost the success of recovery efforts.
5. Take care of yourself. Chances are if you have read this, you want to help a person stay successful in their recovery. Talking to someone about your feelings can make things easier on you.
Top 5 Tips to Support Yourself in Recovery
1. Give yourself grace and respect by internalizing that your recovery efforts are a part of your everyday living. It’s healthy to acknowledge that it isn’t easy and some days are more difficult than others.
2. Understand you are not alone. There are millions of other Americans in recovery.
3. Seek out support. A Recovery Coach provides assistance to someone in recovery by being a source of nonjudgmental support, accountability assistance, and the expertise to manage a life free of addiction.
4. Select activities that boost your recovery. Realize that it is okay to be selective and only choose social activities that support your recovery efforts.
5. Add healthy activities to help release stress. Examples may include: physical activity, journaling, learning a new and fun skill, and traveling. Being in recovery means that it is imperative that you take care of yourself every day. Added bonus: you are a fine example to others as to how to prioritize self-care.
For more information, please contact Beth Siegert, Executive Recovery Coach, by calling 877.449.6393.