Recovery requires a lifestyle change that happens overtime and with a lot of support so it’s important to have realistic expectations. Connecting loved ones with different resources that can support them on their road to recovery can be very helpful.
Start with a simple conversation with our loved one in a quiet, private place when both of you are calm and relaxed. This conversation, according to the
National Council for Behavioral Health, will help you to:
Understand your loved one’s perception of their addiction
Consider the person’s readiness to talk about their addiction.
Express your point of view by using assertive “I” statements, like “I am concerned because I have noticed that…”
Identify and discuss their behavior without judgment as addiction has nothing to do with someone’s character.
Let them know that you are concerned and willing to support them.
In Bergen County, there are numerous programs dedicated to helping aide in recovery. For example, New Pathway Counseling offers the SOAR FIT program which provides a positive, sober, goal oriented environment, where individuals will develop social skills, coping strategies, independence and mastery of self. Learn more about the SOAR FIT program by reading their flyer.
To help reduce triggers for drug use in your home, use the Bergen ResourceNet to find a local Police Department Prescription Drug Drop Box. Consumers from anywhere in New Jersey can visit the boxes seven days a week, to drop off unneeded and expired medications. This is a great way to create a supportive environment in your home for loved ones in recovery.
These are just a few of the programs that can be found at Bergen ResourceNet. For families with a loved one in recovery, check out what else the Bergen ResourceNet has to offer in your area.