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Encouraging Words: What to Say to Someone in Rehab

Supporting a loved one who is in rehab for substance use disorders (SUDs) can be challenging, but your words have more power than you know. Knowing what to say and how to encourage someone in recovery is crucial in helping them stay motivated throughout their journey.

Here are some thoughtful and supportive phrases to encourage a loved one in rehab.

“I am so proud of you for taking this step.”

Deciding to get help for drug or alcohol addiction is overwhelming and isolating. Acknowledging the courage it took for your loved one to seek help and emphasizing that you’re proud of them may be the one thing they need to keep going and reaffirm that they made the right decision when it gets tricky.

“Keep going; you’re doing great.”

Regular encouragement can help them stay motivated throughout their recovery, especially when triggers and cravings arise.

“You can do this.”

This powerful affirmation will help eliminate self-doubt and provide them with the motivation they need to push through difficult times. This may be particularly helpful if they find themselves in a triggering situation or have cravings. Sometimes, all you need is a reminder that we can do hard things.

“I am here for you.”

This reassurance can provide stability in an otherwise unstable period in their life. By telling your loved one that you are here for them, you provide unconditional support, understanding, and commitment throughout recovery, helping them feel safe, valued, and motivated to continue their journey.

“I believe in you.”

Help boost your loved one’s confidence and self-esteem by reinforcing their belief in their own ability to overcome challenges and maintain sobriety. This unwavering support and assurance can provide comfort and stability.

“You’ve come so far.”

Acknowledge your loved one’s progress and hard work by celebrating the small wins and reminding them of all the good yet to come. This recognition will help reinforce their sense of achievement, encourage them to continue their recovery journey and help build their confidence.

“You are not alone.”

Reminding them they are not alone will help alleviate feelings of isolation and encourage them to seek help when needed. Many people who struggle with addiction often abandon relationships; this reassurance can help them rebuild their community and sense of connection, both of which are crucial for maintaining motivation throughout recovery.

“How are you feeling today?”

Sometimes, the best way to support a loved one in rehab is to check in on their mental health and listen and be present. Show genuine interest in their well-being by asking how they’re doing and providing a safe space for them to express their feelings without judgment.

“What are you looking forward to?”

This simple question encourages them to focus on their future goals and aspirations beyond their addiction. This question prompts reflection on positive aspects of life, such as personal interests, relationships, and achievements, which can provide motivation and hope for those in recovery.

By reinforcing a forward-thinking mindset, you are empowering them to take control of their future. This mindset helps them to avoid dwelling on the past and instead, focus on the exciting possibilities that lie ahead in their recovery journey.

“How can I help you?”

Asking how you can help shows that you are an active participant in their recovery journey and will provide them with a sense of safety and comfort knowing they are not alone when things seem overwhelming.

“Let’s Hangout.”

Addiction recovery can be a very isolating experience. By inviting your loved one to spend time with you, you’re providing a social connection that is crucial for maintaining sobriety. This simple act shows that you are supportive of their effort to live a healthy lifestyle free from addiction, and provides a safe and supportive environment where they can relax, have fun, and be themselves. Plan a fun activity such as a relaxing yoga class, a walk in the park, cooking a new meal, seeing a movie, or playing a game.

“I love you.”

When all else fails, tell them that you love them. These three little words provide emotional comfort and reassurance, reminding them that they are worthy of love and capable of healing.

We’re Here to Help

If you, a friend or family member are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, the best way to show your support is by reaching out to addiction treatment centers to get them the help they need.

At Mandala Healing Center, we know how difficult addiction is and the toll it takes on not just the individual, but family and friends as well. Our addiction treatment program was designed to provide individuals with a safe space to work through their addiction with ongoing support. Through evidence-based practices, holistic therapies, and support groups, we believe long-term recovery is possible. Contact our admission counselors today to learn more about our treatment center and how we can help.