How to Support Someone Recovering From Addiction

Shirley Amy
April 1, 2019
addiction treatment

An extremely helpful and comprehensive infographic produced by Nexus Recovery Services (the alcohol, mental health and drug treatment center with personalized outpatient treatment for anyone aged 18+), has just been published. Entitled: “How-to Support Someone in Addiction Recovery,” this uplifting and simple to follow guide, will be helpful to anyone close to an individual who is recovering from addiction – be they a family member, a partner, friend or work colleague.

Everyone Needs Support

The journey through recovery from addiction and substance abuse is full of twist and turns, and there are many pitfalls and bumps along the road. Further, in order to be a crucial support to a loved one who is on this journey, it is crucial to have some form of professional guidance.

Nexus Recovery Services’ infographic informs people about the various practical ways that they can support a loved one or friend. – And it is this knowledge that might make all the difference to the sufferers’ success. Moreover, it will allow those who are helping, to have a better understanding about this very complex and difficult journey, and how they can be a true companion to the person they care about, so they can help get them from A to B, without them getting tripped up.

Putting the Spotlight on What Nexus is Aiming to Do

Nexus is covering: “how-to provide assistance, deal with feelings, provide a safe environment, work on relationships, and take care of yourself when a loved one is early on in their recovery”  Providing assistance can kick off by following up offers to help the sufferer, and speaking to experts in the field who can give advice on the best resources. Nexus states that: “When help is offered, you should provide specific ways you can help instead of a general offer. Additionally, financial help should only be offered for necessities and until your loved one can support themselves”.

“Do not lose hope and stay invested in the end goal – long term recovery from addiction”


When we deal with both our feelings, and those of someone in early recovery, it is not easy. The important thing is to always be honest with ourselves, and the person we care about. Try to encourage and motivate your charge to concentrate on the positive things in life; and get them interested in doing new things and hobbies that they would really enjoy and have fun with.

A Safe Environment

Offering your charge, a safe environment will make a tremendous difference in their success. “Do not partake in the use of substances with the person and encourage meditation and coping skills that can help your loved one deal with triggers”.

Clear Communication

Always communicate in a clear manner and avoid unnecessary conflicts. And very importantly. Be sure to take care of yourself by being part of a support group and finding out even more on the long addiction recovery process.

Shirley Amy

Shirley Amy is a Holistic Health Specialist and professional writer who's published 4 books. Her  interests include optimum wellness, mental health, fitness, and positive lifestyle change. She holds University and College qualifications in the fields of Health Science, Nutrition, Mental Health, Fitness, Holistic Therapy and Aromatherapy.

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