A good support network is a very helpful for people trying to get sober. If you have a recovering friend, you might be wondering what you can do to help them out. There’s a few ways you can offer your support to them during this time…
Recovering Friend: Offer Support
Keep them included
One helpful way you can help a recovering friend is by making sure they feel included. An important part of the recovery process is limiting one’s exposure to alcohol. Still, there’s a whole host of places which may serve drinks. This can make it hard for your friend to feel like they can go anywhere.
If your friend feels like an “outcast”, then it could have a negative impact on their plans to get sober. Therefore, be sure you and your other friends help them stay included in social events. Find places to go that don’t have alcohol, or restrict its presence. Even just hanging out with them at their home can help them out greatly.
Check in on them
Another good way to help a recovering friend is by checking in on them. As your friend cuts out alcohol, they’ll probably be going through some tough withdrawal symptoms. While these symptoms may not be life-threatening, they can be pretty painful to experience. Sometimes, these symptoms can make a recovering person tempted to drink again, in order to get rid of them.
However, helping them get through these symptoms can ensure they remain clean. If you can, it’s good to be with your friend in-person to offer help, especially during those first few days. Still, just being in constant text or phone conversation can help them push through.
Encourage extra help
While it’s always good to do what you can to help a recovering friend, it’s important to also understand when extra help may be required. One good form of extra help are recovery groups. This will give your friend a place to share their own experiences, and hear from others like them.
Counseling or inpatient recovery services might also be needed, depending on how severe your friend’s alcohol dependence was. Don’t be afraid to encourage them to seek out these resources if you feel they may need them. Often times, they might’ve been thinking the same, and waiting to hear what others thought.