Using Supportive Language in Your Loved One’s Recovery

Addiction is a complex disease that affects many aspects of our lives and the lives of those who love us. Many who develop an addiction also suffer from a mental health condition, such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. Unfortunately, many people who struggle with addiction do not seek treatment due to fear. Anyone can suffer from a substance use disorder or addiction. It does not discriminate by age, gender, social status, profession, economic status, or race.

Addiction is a disease that changes the way the brain functions to control the rest of the body. When your loved one goes to rehab for addiction, you must be supportive, encouraging, caring, and loving by using supportive language for the best success in their recovery.

How addiction changes us

Addiction is isolating and can leave us feeling worthless, ashamed, and alone. The stigma surrounding addiction can contribute to our low confidence and feelings of unworthiness. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, “A recent U.S. study found that terms like “opioid addict” and “substance abuser” were strongly associated with “negative explicit bias,” and concluded they should not be used by either the medical community or the general public.”

Addiction makes a person less productive, less responsive, and unreliable. This can interfere with school or work, and can lead to frequent tardiness, absences, job loss and financial problems. While actively addicted, money is spent on getting more drugs or alcohol while responsibilities are no longer a priority. When your loved one goes through treatment, they must change everything about their current lifestyle while their brain re-learns how to function without drugs or alcohol. This can be extremely difficult. Using supportive language can reinforce their success in sobriety.

Staying sober

Recovery is a lifelong process and your loved one will face challenges in their sobriety. Each day your loved one stays sober is a huge accomplishment and is worthy of praise. There are many benefits of living substance-free. Support and encouragement from family and friends can help influence your loved one to maintain their new, healthy, substance-free lifestyle.

Getting help for addiction

If you or a loved one is battling addiction or a substance use disorder, get help now. Make the life-saving decision to free yourself from the harmful and deadly effects of addiction. While there is no cure for addiction, treatment is available and there is hope in recovery. Do not be afraid to ask for help.


Daylight Recovery Services takes a holistic approach to substance abuse and co-occurring disorder treatment to address the physical, psychological, and spiritual facets of addiction and recovery. We ensure clients emerge from our facility with the proper tools and confidence in their ability to lead a healthy, enjoyable life. If you or someone you love is ready to break free of the bondage of addiction, contact one of our recovery experts today at 1-833-2DAYLIGHT.