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How Can I Help a Loved One After Their Relapse?

If someone you love is living with an addiction, you are likely a part of their support system. It can be challenging to know what to say or do when someone you love has relapsed. You might worry that you are enabling their behavior, so you may take on a firm tone that does more harm than good. There are ways you can help a loved one who is dealing with picking up the pieces of their recovery after a relapse. Read on to learn more.

Approach with Compassion

Your loved one that has relapsed is probably feeling intense embarrassment and guilt. When you approach them after a relapse, be mindful of their feelings. This isn’t a time to harp on the negative consequences or push them to move on. Instead, approach your loved one with compassion. A relapse may be a momentary setback, but it doesn’t have to be forever. Show your loved one that you genuinely care for them through the good and the bad. Compassion will go a long way.


There may also be a lot of doubt that your loved one is feeling after a relapse. They may worry or think that they cannot get and stay sober. This is where your encouraging words can help. Show them that you are confident in their abilities. If they have dealt with previous relapses, remind them that they have overcome those as well. Although they may not initially agree with your encouraging words and confidence in them, keep reminding them that they can get back on track. 


When someone you love has relapsed, it can be scary and overwhelming for you, as their loved one. You may want to take care of everything and try to solve all of their problems. The thing about this is that you may be trying to take care of their needs without actually asking them what they need from you. Instead of swiftly taking matters into your own hands, ask your loved one what they need. Then, stay quiet and listen. Try not to interject or problem-solve right away. Listen to what they need from you and help them accordingly.

Guide Them to Help

Remember that although you may want to be the hero for your loved one, you cannot solve their problems for them. You are not a medical professional, and your loved one has to be the one to rise and overcome the relapse. What you can do is help guide your loved one to a higher level of care. Encourage them to reach out to a professional that can help them get back on track. You can be there to support them throughout the way.


Villa Tranquil Recovery is here to help you and your loved one during the difficult moments in their recovery. We know that relapses can happen in recovery. If you or your loved one is struggling to get back on their feet after a relapse, Villa Tranquil Recovery is here for you. If you have any questions about how our programs can help your loved one, give us a call today at 214-799-3080. We can’t wait to speak with you and get you the help you need! Reach out to us today!