Learning to Live With A Recovering Opiate Addict
Often times spouses and family members find themselves having to unexpectedly learn how to deal with a recovering opiate addict. If this is you, it is important to know that you are not alone.
Opiate addiction affects millions around the world and every day someone new is having to learn how to support a recovery addict. While many are happy to support and care for their loved ones as they embark on their journey to lasting recovery, it can be a stressful time with moments that feel impossible.
Living with and supporting a recovering opiate addict is a lifetime commitment.
Even after treatment is completed, an addict will face the struggles of triggers for the rest of their lives. They will need a support system that is in it for the long term.
There are several ways in which living with a recovery addict will change your life and it is important that to remain on the road to success you stay educated, committed and positive.
Here are three tips to help navigate the waters of living with a recovering addict.
- Find new fun things to do that support sobriety. Often times when you’re living with and support a recovering addict your lifestyle will need to change. Show support by finding new fun activities that are free of triggers and temptations. Think hiking, exploring new parks, taking a cooking class, or workout classes.
- Keep encouraging doctor and therapist visits. If it’s appropriate for you to attend as well then do so. These counseling sessions can help navigate conversations and potential health issues that may not be addressed otherwise.
- Find time to love yourself. It is easy to become so focused on the health and success of the recovering addict that you forget to take time to work on yourself. It is important find that time to do activities that help you relax and recharge.
At Opiate Treatment Centers of America, our focus is on lasting recovery from opiate addiction. We understand that successful treatment often takes more than what one individual can handle. Healthy and strong support systems are important to achieve recovery. Our team of addiction specialists offer behavioral and medication-assisted therapies that deal with all causes of an addiction.