If you have a loved one going through addiction treatment, you may be wondering how you can connect with them and what type of support you can offer them during their journey. Connection is a crucial part of the recovery journey and can help someone be more successful than they would be alone. 

Be empathetic and non-judgmental. Addiction is a complex disease and people in treatment might be feeling ashamed or fearful of the journey ahead. Approach them with empathy and avoid judgmental comments. Let them know open communication and trust is there.

Take time to learn about addiction. Understanding addiction as a disease is crucial to providing meaningful support. Take the time to educate yourself about addiction, its causes, and the recovery process. The more you learn, the better you can support your loved one. If you’re meeting with their doctor, ask the doctor what you can expect. Attend support groups for those who have loved ones going through treatment and build your resources.

Be a consistent presence. People dealing with addiction can often feel isolated and they can have a rollercoaster of emotions through their treatment process. Be steady and encouraging. Be there to listen when they need it and help them where you can. Offer to participate in sober activities together and spend time with them.

It’s important to build trust and respect boundaries. Someone going through treatment might not be comfortable sharing every part of their journey, and that’s okay. Recovery can be challenging and emotionally taxing, and sometimes your loved one may need their own space. Don’t push too hard or you risk pushing them away. Give them space when they need it, but continue to be available when they need that too. 

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