Hi...i have a friend who just got admitted into rehab today

Hi...i have a friend who just got admitted into rehab today for benzo's etc. I have no idea how to support her. She is not allowed visiters or to have her phone. I was thinking of writing her a little note book with messages for a few dayź... any suggestionz? How do i support her? What is she going thru that i can encourage her to pull thru? anything or words that you know that would help? I have no idea what she is going to face and how to support her.

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Anewbeginning's picture
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Aug 20, 2020

Stuff about friendship. Stuff to keep her strong!

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(16630)
Aug 21, 2020

@Anewbeginning Thank you. I saw her a while ago and we talked. She looks a lot better but she is struggling very much. Due to my own difficulties i have not been there for her the past four weeks but i should really call her tomorrow. I think andnpray for her. I want to be a good friend for her but I am also carefull not to make promises that do not uphold to avoid dissapointments. Our worlds are very different. I try to support her but I know that I have limited understanding of what she is going thru because i have never been in her circumstances I can only imagine and try to give her hope.

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GeekALeek's picture
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Aug 22, 2020

Someone in early recovery likely requires patience, firm boundaries, and ultimately compassion. This friend made a decision to seek an intense form of support. My effort to help those experiencing substance abuse/addiction is to promote their motivation to stay in recovery. That means holding them accountable for completing treatment, going to NA or support group meetings, avoiding those old triggers to substance abuse, and taking responsibility for their thoughts feelings and actions.

People in early recovery often slip, or use. I seek to provide support and compassion in those moments to help prevent a slip from becoming a full blown relapse.
I have the tendency to over give, so making sure I’m protecting myself and staying true to my own limits is absolutely essential in helping someone like your friend.

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