When it comes to the lives of our friends, we will literally do whatever it takes to ensure that they’re happy. We always have to look out for ourselves, but seeing our friends prosper is just as satisfying. If you’re the kind of person that doesn’t like seeing their friends do well, then the chances are that these people are not your friends – they’re just people who happen to be in your life!

 

Seeing our friends suffer isn’t fun. Nobody wants to have to look at someone they love going through all kinds of issues. In this post, we’re going to be talking about addiction and ways you can support them as they recover. They could have had their lives taken away from them in so many ways due to this poisonous mental and physical issue, so it’s up to you to help them in any way you can. Fortunately, helping isn’t too taxing or confusing. Here are five ways to do it: 

 

Don’t Trigger Certain Things

 

At the end of the day, they’re going to be addicted to a certain thing due to the habits they’ve gotten into. These habits will have been formed from the likes of comfort zones that likely came from hiding from negative instances. These triggers are key factors in people’s addictions. If you can stay away from the things that got people hooked on a particular 

 

Do Not Patronize, Shame, Or Make Fun Of Them

 

When someone is in a worse position than you, it can be very easy to inadvertently talk down to them about their situation. Don’t make them feel as though they’re inadequate due to what they’re going through. They’re obviously no different to you – they’re just going through something a little difficult right about now. Shaming them, losing your temper with them, or making fun of them in any way make bring alive some of the triggers that they’re trying to kill. Stay positive throughout and you’ll be seen as a wonderful friend. It may take a few days or weeks, but you’ll get the right attitude soon enough. 

 

Learn A Few Things About It All Yourself

 

You’re obviously not going to know everything about what they’re going through. When you get some time, it would be worth checking out a few things. Learning about particular institutions that help could be somewhere to start. Online, you’ll find lots of information about addiction – for instance, American Addiction Centers reviews lots of areas of addiction – including the nutritional aspects of recovery. The more you know, the better help you’ll be.

 

Be Consistent With Them 

 

If you’re going to be with them and act as a sort of caregiver, then one of the best things you can do is show consistency. Helping them out every now and again probably won’t cut it. It’s understandable if you have lots going on in your own life, but if you can help often, then you should. It’s noticeable when somebody is present a lot – they’ll realize that you care and it’ll do a lot of good for them. 

 

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