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If you have a loved one facing an addiction, then you know how stressful it can feel at times. Watching a loved one face their challenges can be hard, and often many wish they could help their loved one battle through recovery. While you cannot solve their problems for them, you can support them along their journey. Here are a few different ways you can help your loved one struggling with addiction.

Educate Yourself About Addiction 

If you have never faced an addiction or worked in the mental health field, you may not understand what your loved one is going through. One way you can support your loved one is to educate yourself about addiction. When you have a clearer idea about what your loved one is experiencing, you may be better equipped to help them.

Focus On Building and Keeping Trust

Try to focus on building and keeping the trust within your relationship. When your loved one feels supported, they will be more likely to find comfort and security in opening up and talking to you about what they are experiencing.

Be Honest With Them

Try not to be afraid to be honest with your loved one. If you are hurting because of their actions, try to talk with them about that. If they ask your opinion or your thoughts on something, be honest with them. They are on a journey of discovery and healing, one that takes time. Be honest with them, and you will see your relationship grow and expand as well.

Ask How You Can Help 

Everyone is facing a unique journey. For that reason, everyone needs unique support throughout their recovery. Ask your loved one what they need from you. Ask them what type of support they find most helpful for their healing. Try to be open and accepting of what your loved one is telling you they need from you.

Having a loved one struggling with mental illness or addiction can be challenging and stressful. Learning how to best support your loved one through their recovery journey is a process. Try to build trust and ask your loved one how they would like to be supported by you. Here at The Guest House, we understand that everyone in a household can be affected by addiction. We are here to support you and your well-being along with your loved one. Call us today to learn more about our different treatment options at (855) 483-7800.