Have you ever had a friend (or more than one friend) who is a fully recovered alcoholic or alcohol abuser? Considering how many people live in the United States, the chances are high that you have, do, or will at some point meet someone who once suffered from an attachment to alcohol. If you fall into this category of people, you have probably struggled alongside your friends a few times, particularly if you are a devoted teetotaler (one who abstains from alcohol). Hearing a person vent about their pain and suffering and discuss all the problems they caused can be a bit much for you to handle, can’t it? Sometimes, even you (the on-and-off crutch of support) start to crumble. So how do provide that much-needed support for a friend who is sober? Let’s take a closer look and find out.
Do Not Be Upset if They Want to Be Alone
First and most importantly, you have to understand that this fight is theirs. If they do not want to hang out on a specific day (maybe because of cravings or triggers), do not take it personally. In the months (or years) following their initial sobriety, these men and women will have to endure tons of therapy, go to work, and balance life problems. So, you can imagine why going to a party (where temptation could run high) is not at the top of their lists.
Keep Them Away from Alcohol
No matter what happens, never, ever let them touch a drink or be in a place where alcohol is served. If you can attend a party or a live event and avoid alcohol, go there. Always opt for the clean, sober environment that would not entice your friend to return to their terrible affliction.
Do Not Pester Them about Sobriety
Although you might think you are doing them a favor, asking your friend about their sobriety is not always the best option, especially if your friend is going through a particularly rough day. Just be the shoulder they can cry on, and only ask about their condition if they bring it up.
Always remember that drugs do not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your drug abuse or addiction troubles today.