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Living with someone struggling with their mental health or addiction can be challenging and stressful. Managing your own health is critical as you try to help and support a loved one or family member with a mental health issue or an addiction. Know that you are not alone and that you have support as well. Here are a few different suggestions if you live with someone struggling with addiction or a mental health issue.

Focus On Your Own Mental Health

At times, it can be easy to neglect your own mental health needs when you are intensely focusing on and worrying about a loved one’s mental health needs. Taking time to focus on your own needs is vitally important. You cannot help others until you help yourself. Take some time to do relaxation activities, read a good book, or take a walk. Do whatever helps you to relax and recharge.

Offer Support

Offer your loved one support. Everyone is on a unique journey, so make an effort to learn what type of support your loved one needs from you. Do they need your support sticking to a schedule? What about seeking out professional help? Would they benefit from doing activities such as yoga or meditation together? Talk with them about their goals and how you can best support them.

Be There to Listen

You do not need to fully understand someone’s struggles to support and listen to them. Be there when they need someone to talk to. Sometimes we assume that our loved ones know that we are there for them. Try to vocalize and say to your loved ones that you are there to talk whenever they want to.

Educate Yourself

Supporting your loved one through addiction can be frightening, especially if you have never personally experienced addiction yourself. Educating yourself about addiction can help you better grasp the situation and help you feel more prepared and knowledgeable. Use that knowledge to fight the stigma surrounding addiction and mental health issues and help to better prepare your loved one for their recovery journey.

When you live with someone experiencing active addiction, it can be scary. Keep your own mental health in mind and give yourself time to focus on inner peace. You may also find it beneficial to educate yourself about addiction so that you better understand what your loved one is experiencing. Here at The Guest House, we know that addiction affects the entire family. We can help you focus on your mental health and strength while you support your loved one through their recovery. Call us today to learn more about how we can support you at (855) 483-7800.