Knowing what to say to a friend who has been struggling with addiction is hard. It can feel like there is nothing good to do or say. But the most important thing to remember is that the worst thing you can say, is nothing at all. Silence feeds your friend’s shame. Speak up. Here are some things you can say to a loved one addicted to drugs, alcohol, or even struggling with gambling addiction.

I’m proud of you. Recovering from drug addiction or alcohol addiction can feel impossible. If your friend just got through going through addiction treatment let them know you are proud of them.

Remember to take care of yourself. Sometimes someone who is struggling with addiction forgets that it is still important to focus on self care even though they are back in the real world. Rehab is such a safe bubble that when you’re thrown back into the world it’s easy to let your focus shift. Remind your friend, gently, you care about them and to not forget to make themselves the priority.

I’m here to talk if you need to. Remind your friend that they have someone to talk to when they need to talk. When you’re addicted to a substance, it is easy to believe that anyone you tell about it will mock you, be disgusted or completely disappointed by your bad choices or mistakes. Show them that this isn’t the case. That you want to sit with them through the good and the bad.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction in the Florida area, it’s time to seek out help for drug abuse and alcohol addiction. Through our replacement therapy or whatever the is the best drug rehab for you, you can work through your trauma and addiction and you can come out the other side ready to do the hard work of a successful and sober life.

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