What kind of support have you received in dealing with your loved one who has a substance use problem?
How was the support helpful?
Researchers have consistently found a positive association between the quality of people’s support and their health, well-being and/or recovery.
A supportive person is someone who:
is aware and knows about the problem
is available to listen and understand
is non-judgmental and accepting
does not take sides
is sensitive in knowing when to give advice
offers material help
offers help in accessing support services.
An unsupportive person is someone who:
encourages substance misuse by the person who uses substances
is uninvolved in the situation
is uninformed about the situation
condemns the situation
has a harsh attitude toward the person who uses substances
gives unhelpful advice.