Sometimes addiction recovery is like the elephant in the room. That makes it easy to say the wrong thing to someone in Seattle drug rehab. Should you acknowledge their effort to “get clean” or just not mention it? Is joking appropriate?
This article examines some common things people say to addicts that do more harm than good. What should be said instead?
Seattle Drug Rehab and the Power of Language
Friends, acquaintances, family members, and office co-workers should monitor their language for insensitivities that inadvertently can cause harm. Here are five statements to avoid with anyone in Seattle drug rehab and why you should forego them:
- “Are you sure you don’t want a little?”
For the recovering alcoholic, these words, while said with the best of intentions, can also only serve to highlight something powerful that is now missing. This phrase, along with, “Just one can’t hurt,” are not only callous and insensitive, they are not true. In many cases, the alcoholic suffers from a craving for these substances, and, in fact, they do not want a little; they probably want a lot. One drink starts the recovering alcoholic back down the wrong path. Thus, one drink can hurt them tremendously.
- “I know what you’re going through. I know someone who went to Seattle drug rehab, and…”
While you are probably just trying to relate to the person in rehab, the story you share only serves to minimize their experience. The story becomes a tale about your experience with the issue, instead of a supportive comment about theirs. Try just asking a question, instead, such as, “How are you doing?” Sometimes the most powerful way to communicate is to simply listen.
- “I didn’t know you were in rehab.”
Recognize that the chances are high that very few people know the person you are speaking to is in Seattle drug rehab. There is still so much stigma associated with alcohol, drug, or other addictions, that those in recovery are often very reluctant to share the stories of their uniquely powerful journey with others. If you have been trusted with this information, try saying, “That is so brave. How are you doing?”
- “Cool, now you can be our designated driver.”
As a person is recovering from alcohol addiction, it is often best for them not to frequent bars or associate with people who are ‘partying.’ Do not assume your newly-sober friend should be bothered with a task that puts them right in the middle of a car full of people indulging in alcohol when they cannot.
- “You don’t even look like an addict.”
This statement may indicate that you have been watching too much television. In fact, addicts come in many shapes and sizes. They could be one of your neatly pressed office coworkers. They may be the person sitting next to you that does not smell of alcohol. Addicts get very good at hiding their behavior so that you do not recognize any of the signs you see in “addicts” on TV.
Responding appropriately to someone who has taken the courageous step toward recovery is the kindest thing you can do to support his or her journey. To learn more about admissions to our residential treatment facility, contact us today.