The Do’s and Don’ts Of Supporting a Loved One In Recovery


We all desperately want to help a loved one in need. Families will often see first hand the dramatic side effects of drug and alcohol use, and it is natural for us to try and aid those we care about so they enter recovery and break the cycle.

All too often though, we can feel like more of a hindrance than a help. Everything we do to ‘help’ leaves us empty, and our loved one remains unchanged. This infographic by Morningside Recovery shows us the Do’s and Don’ts of supporting a loved one in recovery from an addiction.

Breaking down the stereotype that we need to confront them aggressively about addiction, and rather approach them openly and honestly, it shows us that we need to be willing to go through the long haul of recovery with them and stay committed to the journey.

Take a look at the infographic for more Do’s and Don’ts, and let us know how you support a loved one recovering from an addiction in the comment section.

The Do’s and Don’ts Of Supporting a Loved One In Recovery

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  1. My father is a recovering addict, he is 75 and my mother did not recognize it at first, when leaving for a party. Once at the party my father acted strange and suicidal talking. He went to get help and is out and doing good. However, my brothers are not allowing there children over to there grandparents unless there with them. My father has never caused any harm if he was drunk and we never new. He is a functional alcoholic for years. This has really hurt him with there decisions, almost making his progress and depression worse. Am i wrong, but i feel like they are holding the children over his head and to me this is emotional abuse not helping the situation. Yes or no?

    • Hi Sarah, Thank you for your sharing. I am so glad that your father has sought help. I understand your sadness and concern for your parents who must miss their grandchildren so much. It is so very hard to stand the ‘middle ground’ in our family situation when we don’t understand our siblings decision however it is important that we do just that. When we align ourselves with one part of the family against the other, it creates deeper division and less opportunity for healing. I would encourage you to seek to understand your siblings perspective – it is not necessary to agree but to seek to listen and understand opens up space to continue to talk about our differences until we come to some shared understanding and way forward. I wish you family well. Colleen

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