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Having a loved one struggling with addiction or mental illness can be challenging and feel overwhelming. You desperately want to help them and maybe even solve their problems for them. Sadly, you cannot solve their problems. What you can do, however, is support them through their recovery process. If you have a loved one who is refusing to attend therapy, here are a few tips for you as you work to support them.

Listen to Them

Listen to the struggles they are experiencing. Also, listen to why they don’t want to seek out therapy. Everyone is on a unique recovery path. What works for you may not work for them. It is perfectly normal to have different recovery journeys. As you listen to them, it will show them that you are interested in what they have to say.

Ask Questions 

If you are confused or concerned about the life choices that they are making, then ask questions. Don’t attack them or minimize what they are feeling. ¬†Ask questions to gain a better understanding as to why they are making certain choices and not others. Conflict often arises when people don’t understand what the other person is trying to say or when people don’t feel that they are being listened to.

Explore Options Together 

Help your loved one explore their therapeutic options. Many people do not realize how many different forms of therapy there actually are. Talk about what your loved one enjoys doing. There may be a form of therapy related to an activity they already enjoy. Help your loved one to know their options.

Remember Your Self-Care

While you are helping your loved one, always remember to practice self-care. It can be stressful and overwhelming to watch a loved one struggle with mental illness or addiction. Practicing your own self-care is critical to you being able to help others. You cannot fully help others until you help yourself.

Watching a loved one struggle with mental illness can be stressful and overwhelming. When that loved one does not want to seek therapy, the situation can feel even more frightening. Try to listen to their reasoning and keep an open mind. Ask questions so you can better understand their reasoning. Here at The Guest House, we know that mental illness can affect the entire family. We are here to help you as you work to help and support your loved one. Call us today to learn more about our treatment options at (855) 483-7800.