4 Ways to Support a Friend Recovering from Methadone Abuse

4 Ways to Support a Friend Recovering from Methadone AbuseWhen people enter and complete treatment for methadone addiction, their whole world changes. They may need to find a new job. They may need to find a new place to live. They will need to change the places they hang out and will need to discover new hobbies. To make these changes, they will need the love and support of friends who are willing to stick by them despite these changes. As a friend, you can do several things in support of recovery.

Four ways to support a friend recovering from methadone abuse include the following:

Listen. Listen. Listen. Your friend will need to talk about the addiction. He or she will need to share about his or her past and time in rehab. Be willing to listen to him or her without judgment. Don’t avoid the subject of rehab or continuing recovery. This shows that you are uncomfortable with the topic, and your friend will likely not talk.

Introduce your friend to new friends. Your friend will likely need to establish new friendships if old friendships were based on or connected with drugs or addiction. By introducing your friend to people who will support his or her recovery and who are emotionally healthy, you are helping your friend establish new connections that are vital to continued sobriety.

Offer to let your friend stay with you. If your friend was living in an environment in which drug use was tolerated or even encouraged, then your friend will need to find new living arrangements. If your friend is having a hard time finding a place or has to wait while paperwork is processed, your friend will need temporary living arrangements. Be sure to set boundaries for the living situation and the time you will allow your friend to stay with you.

Host sober parties. Your friend will want to interact with people in a social setting, but often those engagements involve drug and alcohol use. As a way to support your friend, consider hosting a party or informal get-together in which the people invited agree to remain drug and alcohol free. This will also help your friend understand that he or she can have a great time without the use of drugs.

Please keep in mind that you will need to maintain your own personal boundaries. In addition, you may need the help of a support group or a counselor to better understand the disease of addiction or to work through any unresolved issues as a result of your friend’s addiction.

Getting Help for Your Methadone Addiction

If your loved one or friend is still in the grips of a methadone addiction, we can help. You can call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline. You can talk with one of our admissions counselors who can help you determine the best course of action for you or your friend. Don’t allow methadone to destroy you or your friend. Call us today and get the help you need.