Recognize the warning symptoms of relapse

Recognize the warning symptoms of relapse

Relapse warning indicators can differ depending on your friend’s preferred substance. Pay attention to when anything seems strange, especially if it continues, and do not be hesitant to speak up.


As a friend and part of their support system, your loved one needs you to be an available listening ear. That include picking up the phone whenever it rings, responding to all texts, and just listening to what they have to say when they need to talk or vent. You are not required to “repair” anything. Just listening is quite beneficial.

Describe the struggles you are facing

It’s not necessary to bring up your friend’s or relative’s struggles with substance abuse or history of addiction in every conversation. Speak about the things you are confronting, what you are afraid about, and irritations that come up. Giving your friend the chance to be there for you can help them become stronger during their recovery and severe alcohol withdrawal, just as you are there for them.

Create wholesome routines with them

Good lifestyle adjustments can aid your friend in feeling better physically and psychologically during their recuperation. Simple things like deciding to purchase a salad rather than a pizza or going on a walk with your friend rather than watching a movie can help your friend make healthy lifestyle decisions, and it’s beneficial for you too!

Join them at support group gatherings

Your friend probably frequents alumni gatherings, 12-Step meetings, and support groups on a regular basis, if not daily. After a while, it can become monotonous, but if you frequently go with them, it can be more fascinating for them, keep them responsible for going, and provide you a chance to express your support for their rehabilitation.

Be tolerant

Recovering is not simple. Significant change doesn’t happen overnight. Your loved one can relapse, and they might not always be focused or content with their sobriety. It is typical. By supporting them through the highs and lows of their new life in recovery, you can help them cope with whatever comes their way.

Emily Mauch