How To Offer Congrats And Support To Loved Ones In Sobriety

How To Offer Congrats And Support To Loved Ones In Sobriety

Saying congrats and support to a loved one in sobriety can be difficult. It’s hard to know what to say when someone is trying to stay sober and turn their life around. On one hand, you want to show them how proud you are of them. But on the other hand, you don’t want to make them feel like they’re under pressure or that they’re doing something wrong. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the best ways to offer congrats and support to your loved ones in sobriety!

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How to Offer Congrats And Support To Loved Ones In Sobriety

Addiction is a sensitive topic. If your friend or relative has been sober for some time, you’ll probably want to congratulate them. While you could simply say “I’m so proud of your sobriety”, you may want to say more or write them a letter showing your support for them, especially if they’re celebrating a sobriety anniversary.

If you’re looking for information on how to show pride in someone’s recovery, you’ve come to the right place.

Drug and alcohol addiction is very difficult to overcome and many people try to quit using substances several times before they are able to achieve extended sobriety.

Therefore, if your loved one has been sober for a long period of time, your support and encouragement can help them to keep going.

Each person who reaches a sobriety birthday will want to commemorate the occasion in a different way. Some people will want a huge party with family and friends, while others would prefer it if there were no celebrations at all.

You should talk to your loved one about what they would like and refrain from doing anything that would make them feel uncomfortable. It’s important to remember that addiction is a disease, and people in recovery are vulnerable to relapse.

If your friend or family member is celebrating a sobriety anniversary, you could write them a letter expressing how proud you are of them and how much you admire their strength. You could also send a card or flowers.

If you’re not sure what to say, here are some examples:

– “I’m so proud of your sobriety and everything you’ve accomplished.”

– “You’re an inspiration to me and I know you’ll continue to be successful in your recovery.”

– “I’m here for you, cheering you on every step of the way!”

– “Your strength and determination are amazing. Congratulations on your sobriety!”

congratulating sobriety

Saying congrats and offering support to a loved one in sobriety can be difficult, but it’s important to show them how proud you are of their accomplishments. By sending a letter, card, or flowers, you can show your support and encourage them to keep up the good work!

If you’re thinking of writing a “so proud of your sobriety” letter or simply calling or visiting your friend, here are some things to keep in mind.

First Things First: Think About How You Learned About Their Sobriety 

It’s easy enough to congratulate someone on maintaining their sobriety. However, you need to make sure that you’re supposed to know this information about the person. In some cases, it may be something that they want to keep private.

If you found out about their sobriety through a friend or family member, it’s best to check with the person in recovery before saying anything.

find out how they learned about their sobriety

You should also think about how you found out about their sobriety. If someone tells you in confidence that they’re struggling with addiction, it’s important to respect their wishes and not tell anyone else. On the other hand, if they’ve posted about it on social media or have told multiple people, then you can assume that they’re okay with others knowing.

Congratulations are best saved for close friends and family. You’ll undoubtedly feel a lot of pride if you’ve seen someone go from active addiction to sobriety and long-term recovery.

As well as providing personal recommendations, you’ll have the opportunity to include some personal references in your message. Here are a few things you may wish to say once you’re confident that you should be discussing the person’s sobriety with them.

Convey Your Admiration A Difficult Accomplishment

Addiction is a chronic illness and as a result, it can’t be cured. It needs to be managed over the course of the individual’s life.

Many people relapse in the first year so if your loved one is observing their first, second, or even tenth year of sobriety, your positive reinforcement will mean the world to them.

Saying “I’m so proud of your sobriety. I saw how hard you worked” can be the encouragement they need to hear. It shows that you understand how much effort goes into remaining sober and that you’re proud of them for managing their addiction.

If you have a close relationship with the person, you may wish to share your admiration for their strength and courage.

“It takes a lot of strength and courage to stay sober. I don’t know if I could do it.”

“Your sobriety is an inspiration to me. Thank you for being an example of what’s possible.”

These are the kinds of things that your loved one will want to hear from you. They’ll appreciate knowing that you understand how difficult it is to overcome addiction and that they’re doing an amazing job.

kind words when congratulating someone

We should offer our congratulations, but we should also try to make an appropriate remark about what they’ve accomplished when someone tells us about their sobriety journey. someone will understand that you consider them to have confronted an unassailable problem. It also recognizes the enormous amount of perseverance it takes to maintain sober every day.

Choose The Right Time And Place 

Timing is important. You probably don’t want to say “I’m so proud of your sobriety” to a coworker when no one else in the office knows they had a problem with addiction.

You also may not want to announce it in a room full of strangers. However, if you’re speaking privately or the individual is having a sobriety anniversary event, your comments will no doubt be well received. 

Just be sure that you’re aware of the situation and the person’s comfort level before you say anything.

not congratulating when everyone is there

It can be difficult to find the right words to say when someone close to us is struggling with addiction. However, offering our congratulations and support is a great way to show that we care.

By being sincere, respectful, and aware of the person’s boundaries, we can express our pride in their sobriety in a way that is supportive and encouraging.

Where is The Best Place to Congratulate Someone on Their Sobriety?

The best place to congratulate someone on their sobriety is in a private setting or at a sobriety anniversary event. You want to make sure that the person is comfortable with you sharing your congratulations and that the setting is appropriate. Congratulating someone on their sobriety is a great way to show your support and encouragement.

If you’re not sure what to say, wishing someone good personal health and happiness is usually a safe bet. Choose the proper moment and location to offer your heartfelt felicitations. Your aid might make all the difference in someone’s attempt to get sober.

Offering our congratulations and support to someone who has overcome an addiction is a wonderful way to show we care. We can convey our pride in their sobriety in a helpful and encouraging manner by being genuine and considerate of the individual’s privacy. So don’t be hesitant to offer your congrats the next time you see someone celebrating their sobriety milestone!

Offering Help To Someone In Recovery 

People who are in recovery often feel like they’re alone. Even when they’ve been sober for some time, they still experience challenges from time to time. Let your loved one know that they can call on you when things get difficult.

You should also offer them companionship whether that’s inviting them to a sober event or simply chatting on the phone. Regular check-ins can provide an opportunity for them to talk about what they’re going through.

offering someone help

Sometimes, people in recovery may not want to talk about their sobriety journey. In this case, it’s best to respect their wishes and avoid bringing up the topic unless they do first.

It’s also important to remember that recovery is a lifelong process. Just because someone has been sober for a while doesn’t mean they don’t need your support.

By offering our help and companionship, we can show our loved ones in recovery that we’re there for them every step of the way.

Why Offer Help To Someone In Recovery?

People in recovery often feel isolated and alone. By offering our help and support, we can show them that we care and that they are not alone. Additionally, regular check-ins provide an opportunity for them to talk about their sobriety journey and any challenges they may be facing. Ultimately, offering help to someone in recovery is a way to show our support and care for them.

Using Popular Sober Anniversary Quotes

If you’re giving a speech or writing a letter, you may want to include some motivational quotes. A simple Google search will return a variety of classic and modern quotes that are often used when someone celebrates a sober anniversary.

When including quotes, be sure to attribute them to the correct author. Additionally, try to choose quotes that are appropriate for the individual you’re congratulating. For example, a quote about strength may be more appropriate for someone who is early in their sobriety journey than someone who has been sober for many years.

demi lovato sobriety quotes

“Recovery is something that you have to work on every single day and it’s never going to get easier. But it does get better.” -Demi Lovato

You’ll find encouragement from the former competitive skier and author Molly Bloom about suiting up, showing up, and keeping your eyes on the win.

Maybe you prefer a quote from Confucius about how it doesn’t matter how slowly you go once you don’t stop.

Alternatively, excerpts from ‘Get Up: A 12-Step Guide to Recovery for Misfits, Freaks, and Weirdos’ by Bucky Sinister may be appropriate if the recipient of your quote would appreciate these somewhat more ‘fringe’ perspectives on the wider recovery community.

My advice is to feel free to choose the quotes that best match your loved one’s personality and interests and enjoy the process of picking something perfect for them!   

Seek Advice And Support From Circle Of Hope

If you want even more insight into how you can tell a person in recovery you’re proud of them, contact the team at Circle of Hope. Our experienced team can advise you on how best to support your friend or relative. We understand that addiction and recovery can be difficult to navigate, but we’re here to help.


At Circle of Hope, we provide a space for people to share their stories and experiences with addiction and recovery. Our goal is to provide support and understanding to those who need an extra helping hand. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please reach out to us. We’re here to help.

We can also help you if you want to know how to approach someone who is still in the grips of addiction. And of course, if you’re struggling with your own drug or alcohol use, we can assist.

At Circle of Hope, we believe that anyone can overcome a substance use disorder. Whether you want treatment for yourself or you want to know how to approach a loved one, you can count on us.


Offering congratulations and support to a loved one in sobriety is a wonderful way to show your care and concern. Remember, recovery is a lifelong process and everyone needs different levels of support. Be sure to use appropriate quotes and check-ins, and don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Circle of Hope for more advice. We’re here to help!

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