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Tips for Communicating with Someone Who Has an Addiction

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Supporting someone who is living with an addiction can be challenging. For example, many people feel awkward conversing and aren’t sure what to talk about, what subjects to avoid, or even how to approach communication. The following are a few simple tips to keep in mind for healthy, productive conversations at home and when visiting someone at sober living housing.

#1 - Listen at Least as Much as You Talk

People are more likely to speak honestly with you if you listen to them talk without interrupting. You should especially avoid criticizing what they say, even if you do not agree with their behavior. Let them talk to you about whatever they feel comfortable with until they are ready to confide in you.

#2 - Be as Predictable as Possible

Addicts tend to have unstable lives and can behave in unpredictable ways. Do your best to model good behavior by being consistent and predictable. Avoid surprising them, since surprises can be stressful and stress feeds addiction.

#3 - Set Boundaries

Remember: you must take care of yourself before you can help anyone else. Set limits for yourself and make sure the other person knows your limits. There’s no shame in taking time for yourself or giving yourself space.

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