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Fight Together

Mental health and addiction stigma are alive and well in all areas of our life. Because of this, many people who have just been diagnosed are feeling embarrassed. If someone is scared to reach out for help because of stigma, they also might be feeling some shame. These people may hide their diagnosis or symptoms because of stigma. If you think a loved one is struggling with a mental illness or addiction, it’s important to ask them how they are doing. Starting the conversation is always a good idea. We cannot let anyone fight this fight alone. We must fight together. 

As a caregiver, there are specific things that you can do in order to help someone that is struggling. Let them know that they are not alone. Try to remove some of the shame and embarrassment they have by reassuring them that you are there for them and you don’t view them any differently. If they don’t want to talk about it right away, that’s okay. Don’t stop asking if they’re okay or if they need help. Don’t give up. Showing persistence and that you care can make a huge difference in their life.

Another way you can make a difference is to be physically present with your loved one. Ask them if you can come over and hang out. Ask if they want to come over. They may be unsure at first, but they just want to know your care and love are genuine and unconditional. Soon, they’ll begin to let you in. You can also try to get them out of the house. Invite them to run errands with you or just take them for a walk around the block. They may refuse at first, but they’ll begin to open up and get out of the house once they see you care. 

Unconditional support looks different for everyone, but there are a few things that you can do for anyone that is struggling that will make them feel better. Try to get them to exercise, sleep well, and eat healthily. Exercise releases positive endorphins and helps make them feel better; sleep is essential for our brains and bodies; and, healthy foods make everyone feel better all around. These things may seem small, but they really make a world of difference. 

Villa Tranquil Recovery wants to help women feel better. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you. Call now at 214-799-3080. Our trained and experienced staff cannot wait to help you.