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how to best support a friend who has started treatment

It can be difficult to know what to do when a friend is going through a tough time.

It’s important to remember to continue reinforcing your care and love for your friend. Let them know that you are still there for them and desire to understand what they’re going through. We want to continue to provide a listening ear and a shoulder to lean on.

While we don’t want to get into specific details about what they’re doing in treatment as that may be too personal (unless they want to share with you), we can ask about their experience. Was their first appointment how they expected? Did they like who they spoke to?

Ask in what ways they would like you to support them during their treatment.  Just like when we initially bring up our concerns, we want to ensure we have these discussions in a safe place at an appropriate time. Don’t only ask them questions — they may feel like you’re prying. Share what’s going on in your life, too, and continue inviting them to do activities or get together.

Click below to see what you can do at different stages.

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