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How to Care for Yourself While You Help a Loved One in Addiction By Heather Adams

When a family member or close friend is battling addiction, it’s natural to want to help. You are in a unique position to offer support and encouragement, and your input can help make a huge difference in their lives. However, it’s important for you to find a balance between pouring your energy out for your loved one and taking care of yourself. After all, if you're feeling worn out, you can’t truly be available to them anyway. Of course, this is easier said than done. This involves setting aside some time for self-reflection and making a few difficult but necessary changes that will also ripple out and impact others in a positive way. Here are some tips to focus on the mental and emotional aspects of your life while caring for a loved one in addiction. 1. Form a healthy diet and exercise habit. You may have heard the phrase “strong body, strong mind” before. Well, it’s true. The first step in getting as physically healthy as possible is to find out how healthy you are today. S…

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