Your loved ones and family members who support you during your recovery should be celebrated for the help they provide. You might rely on supportive individuals during difficult times yet forget to share the success with them. Sometimes, acknowledging your positive growth and sharing your success with others can go a long way in maintaining a support team.
How Does Your Support Team Help You?
When you acknowledge the help of your support system, you want to have an understanding of the ways they encourage your growth and recovery. By knowing how each member of your team helps, you can take time to specifically acknowledge each person in a unique way. You can also gain an understanding of what gaps you might have in your support team and find solutions to fill in these gaps.
Support teams can consist of some of the following individuals:
- Mental health professionals
- Primary care physician
- Center for alcohol and drug treatment support staff
- Therapist or counselor
- Peer support group
- Employers and co-workers
- Friends and family members
Each of the people in your life can play a valuable role in your recovery. Your support team should have your back while also holding you accountable for your recovery goals.
Your support team can help you in the following ways:
- Emotional support
- Distracting you from triggers and cravings
- Holding you accountable to your treatment plan
- Going to appointments or support group meetings with you
- Helping you through a relapse or mental health crisis
- Attending potentially triggering events with you, like weddings or holiday gatherings
- Providing positive praise for your successes in recovery
- Getting you to and from work if you don’t have a car or license
When you enter addiction or mental health treatment, you recognize that you can’t get better alone. After leaving treatment, you want to make sure that you foster relationships with those who helped you throughout the process.
How Can I Acknowledge Those Who Help Me?
You don’t need to do anything elaborate to acknowledge the support of your loved ones and treatment team. It would be best to keep them in mind when things are going well in your life. Often, many people in recovery might only reach out to their support system when things are going wrong. While supportive people will help you through these crises, you want to stay in touch to celebrate your successes in recovery as well.
You can acknowledge your support system by:
- Writing “thank you” cards
- Call or text to say, “I appreciate your help”
- Celebrate your successes with them
- Be there to help them with their struggles or offer a listening ear
- Respect their boundaries and limits
- Ask about how they are doing
- Be available to celebrate milestones in their lives
Most of these tips will help you reciprocate your relationships with others. By being available for others, offer support and appreciation of all they do for you. You can keep it simple with a text or phone call, which will also ensure that lines of communication are open.
How to Compliment Your Support Team
Sometimes, compliments can be challenging to give and receive. While saying a simple “thank you” can be enough, you can also look for specifics to let the person know the unique ways they help you. Effective compliments will acknowledge the unique role that each person plays in your life while also reinforcing that person’s role in your support team.
When you compliment people on your support team, think of specifics to ensure that their efforts do not go unnoticed. For example, if your co-worker gave you rides to work after losing your license for a DUI, thank them for this specific role. Let them know how getting to work helped you abstain from using substances and maintain a healthy home environment for your recovery. Your support team might be eager to help, and it is best to let them know exactly what they’ve done to help you in your recovery.
Accepting Help From Your Support System
Remember to accept the help that you need during your recovery. You might begin to struggle in your recovery before you notice it. Sometimes, your support team will notice changes and warning signs of relapse before you do. When they reach out to hold you accountable, make sure you take what they say into consideration and acknowledge that you appreciate their insight.
Maintaining relationships with supportive people throughout your recovery can help you continue along your journey, prevent relapse, and achieve your goals.
Your support system can help you achieve your goals throughout treatment and during continued recovery from mental health and substance use disorders. Acknowledging and appreciating those in your life, who hold you accountable and stick by you during recovery, can help foster these critical relationships in your life. You can express gratitude by simply saying “thank you” every now and then. Remember to keep the lines of communication open and share positive news with your support team. Often, you might only reach out to your support team when you need help. By maintaining these relationships, you can remain accountable for your treatment goals and could be there to support them as a way of showing appreciation. If you or your loved one needs additional support to get back on track in recovery, Hawaii Island Recovery is here for you. Call us today at (866) 390-5070 to learn more about our Hawaii recovery center.