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The importance of relationship in sobriety

A really important part of someone’s recovery journey is the involvement of friends and  who believe in their ability to recover. 

When someone knows that you are concerned about them, that you’ve noticed a change in their behaviour, or that you are not going to leave them to face a problem alone, it can be a turning point in their decision to do something about an addiction. 

Benefits of a support system in treating someone’s addiction 


When you’ve admitted to someone that you need help, and they agree to walk alongside you, you’ve got someone who can check in on you and make sure you’re being honest – with them and with yourself. 


When someone else believes in you, you’re more motivated as you don’t feel like you’re making an effort just for yourself. Someone else cares! 

Improved emotional well-being 

If you are a friend or family member showing up for someone in your life who is struggling with addiction you are increasing their well-being. You are showing that they are valued and loved. When you feel better about yourself you treat yourself better. Confidence increases and stress decreases. 

Not-relying on self-will all the time 

It’s easier to fall into unhealthy patterns when you isolate yourself. You are more likely to succeed in your recovery if you don’t have to do it alone. 

Opportunity to learn from others 

Having support from people who are also in recovery gives addicts the opportunity to meet recovery peers, and learn the coping skills they need to manage their lives without alcohol or drugs.

‘The fellowship and camaraderie I received from my fellow peers, all recovering addicts, all in the same boat, gave me the strength and encouragement I needed to get through each day clean and sober.’ – ND came to Livingstone House to recover from addiction. 

Read all of his story and learn more about how having a supportive group around him helped with his recovery. 

Bridge the gap between recovery and ‘real world’ 

Having social groups of friends and family outside of a recovery programme makes it easier to integrate back into life when you’ve finished a recovery programme. 

Do you need support looking after someone? 

Livingstone House doesn’t just offer support to addicts – we have resources and advice for friends and families of people who are recovering from addiction. 

Find out about the support we can offer you, such as advice on how to talk to a loved one about their alcohol abuse or drug taking

If you think you need some help for someone, or for yourself, who is showing signs of addiction then get in touch with us today. We can help you with the services, programmes and support you need. 

Caring for yourself as you care for someone else. 

The mental health charity Mind has some really practical and helpful tips and resources about looking after yourself as you look after others who are dealing with alcohol and drug addictions. We recommend giving their site a read.

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