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Supporting a loved one who is struggling with a mental health disorder or addiction can be a very stressful time. You cannot solve problems or struggles for your loved ones, but you can support them as they work through their recovery. Here are a few different ways you can show someone support.

Offer Help With Daily Chores

For some people, treatment needs to be their complete focus. Early recovery can also be a time consumed by many life changes. Offer to help with daily chores or activities. Talk openly with your loved ones about what they need help with and what type of support they need from you. Remember that everyone is on a unique life path and will require different types and levels of support.

Create a Judgment-Free Zone

Creating an environment that is free of judgment is a wonderful act of kindness. Show your loved ones that they can always feel comfortable talking to you or being in your presence. There is still a lot of stigma associated with mental health issues and addiction. By being judgment-free and open to learning, you are helping to fight the stigma that so often plagues those going through recovery.

Listen Actively

Being supportive means actively listening to what your loved one tells you. If your loved one is going through treatment, you probably have questions about how it is going or what they talk about each day. Try to wait until your loved one brings up sessions or topics. Let them talk to you about how it is going, or what they are working on in their own time.

Educate Yourself

Being present for and supportive of a loved one who is in treatment or recovery can be very helpful for them. One way to help your loved ones is to educate yourself about what they are going through. When you educate yourself, you can better support and understand them.

Supporting a loved one on their recovery journey can be extremely beneficial for that person. If you have a loved one suffering, being present and actively listening to them can be a powerful way to show support. Others may find education to be helpful to learn how to better communicate with and support their loved ones. In addition, always try to approach your loved one in a judgment-free way. Here at The Guest House, we understand that mental health issues and addiction can affect an entire family. Call us today to learn about our treatment options at (855) 483-7800.