Friends and family of the newly sober should begin by congratulating the person in question for their willingness to seek or receive treatment. The Holidays may present some challenges for people who have decided to get and stay sober in the New Year.
Whether seeking help for substance abuse was prompted by a crisis, was the result of an intervention, or is entered into at the behest of the person seeking help — these efforts should be seen as nothing less than heroic. These efforts should be celebrated. Help them to scaffold, build, and guard their new truth in sobriety.
Help them to anticipate areas of stress in their life and ask how they can be anticipated and addressed. If childcare is an issue, anticipate areas that could be stressors. Help to organize carpools for schlepping children from ballet to soccer and so on. Arrange for meal delivery. Above all, check in. Let them know you believe in them.
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