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black-man-black-woman-laying-on-rug-smiling-guesthouseLoving a person suffering from addiction can be stressful and emotional. We want to help our loved ones as much as possible. We want to be able to take away their pain. There is also a good chance you may not fully understand what your loved one is going through if you have not experienced addiction or mental health struggles yourself. Addiction can affect everyone involved. Learning to practice self-care is vitally important and a necessary life skill.

Find a Support Group

One form of self-care you can practice is finding a support group. There are many groups for those who have a loved one suffering from an addiction. You may also be surprised by how many online groups you will currently find. Connecting with others who are experiencing similar situations will help you to feel less alone.

Stop Enabling

Enabling is a significant component of addiction. Someone who is suffering from an addiction will be able to spot empty promises immediately. If you take a stand, make a promise, or set a boundary, go through with it. It will probably be hard for you. You will want to cave in because you love this person. Staying strong, however, will not only help you but will help the person suffering from the addiction as well.

One Day at a Time

Try to remember that it can be best to take life one day at a time if you are feeling overwhelmed. Remember that some things are simply out of your control. Find a stress reliever that works for you and practice it every day. Your stress reliever could be yoga, cooking, exercise, or connecting with loved ones. Everyone experiences things differently, and finding out what works best for you is crucial.

When someone we love and care about relapses, it can be scary and stressful to watch. We so desperately want to make them feel better and take away their struggles and pain. But we simply cannot do that. We can support them and love them through their recovery process, but we cannot do the work for them. Practicing self-care is a necessary component to loving someone affected by addiction. Here at The Guest House, we understand that addiction, trauma, and mental illness can affect an entire family. We are ready to help all those who need it. Call us today at (855) 483-7800 to learn more about how we can support and help you through your unique situation.