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Supporting a Recovering Addict

Updated: Jun 5, 2023

From my research it appears supporting a loved one from alcoholism can be both challenging and rewarding. To effectively support them, it is crucial to employ compassionate communication techniques. Encourage active listening, expressing concern without criticism, and offering praise for their progress. By fostering understanding, empathy, and non-judgment, you can create a supportive environment for their recovery.


In addition to compassionate communication, establishing healthy boundaries is essential. It is important to prioritize your own well-being while supporting your loved one's recovery.


Clearly communicate your expectations and limits, seeking professional assistance or joining support groups [for family friends affected by addiction] when necessary. These resources can provide guidance and support during complex situations.


Make us of the dryholidays community. A community that believes in positivity in recovery. We offer additional guidance, insights, and encouragement for loved ones affected by addiction. Educate yourself about alcoholism, its effects, and the recovery process to better understand the challenges your loved one may face and provide informed support. We understand confidentiality, so that's why you can interact as a guest anonymously, and in any language on this website.


Encourage self-care throughout their recovery journey. Remind your loved one about the importance of exercise, proper nutrition, rest, and engaging in enjoyable activities. Emphasise the significance of finding healthy outlets for stress relief.


Patience and understanding are crucial when supporting someone in their recovery. Recognize that setbacks may occur and offer reassurance that they are common. Practice non-judgment and provide unwavering support during both the highs and lows.


Celebrate milestones in their recovery journey as a way to motivate and reinforce progress. Acknowledge significant milestones, whether it's a week, a month, or a year of sobriety. Consider thoughtful gestures such as writing a note of encouragement or planning a special outing to commemorate their achievements.


When you feel comfortable to travel, why not plan for a visit together, or solo? James at Casa Salvia Icod, Tenerife (WhatsApp - 00 34 620 75 72 54) or Tony Trossochs Barn & Cabin (WhatsApp - 00 44 781 6219 083).


You never know who you may meet (SPOT 🎯 the famous face 👆). Both spaces are well positioned for adventure & rank highly on the usual travel sites many use to book accommodation.




Both James and Tony have extensive experience in the travel industry.


James constantly reminds me that our advice is purely suggestions. He believes recovery is unique and encourages recovering addicts and their loved ones to try a variety of techniques which you can then fine tune throughout the progression of your recovery.


If you know someone who needs help or if you need support yourself, don't hesitate to contact us through our social networks, website, email or WhatsApp. Our Instagram is here. We will always try to be here to provide assistance and guidance in the process of recovery from alcoholism.


In later posts we will go in to more depth around the subject of, the demands on the family & friends that support the addict. My mentor, Sobergaygolfer   is unique as he has been an addict, is having a recovery journey he could not have imagined possible, and, was also a friend affected by addiction for the majority of 2022; supporting a relapsing addict here in Tenerife.


His stories are incredible and I am looking forward to sharing in future posts.


Together we can all make a difference.








May 26th. 2nd week of my internship.



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