Shifting perceptions about drug addiction is having a significant impact on those in recovery. Formerly, people who relapsed after a period of abstinence were often ostracized by family and friends as being hopelessly lost. This negative response to what is usually only a temporary setback in the healing process, can lead to devastating consequences. As a result, it is important to understand how best to support those that are struggling to maintain long term sobriety. This begins with being aware that a relapse can be pivotal to the entire rehabilitation process and ensuring that it is not derailed by a callous or thoughtless comment. As such, the following suggestions may prevent you from sabotaging your loved one’s sobriety goals.
These are just a few comments that people in recovery say hurt rather than help them. Anyone can support a friend or loved one stay in recovery by being sensitive and aware of the impact their words can have on someone’s life and future.
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