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    Advice When Going to Visit a Friend or Loved One in Rehab

    Hey Michelle,

    Thank you for taking the time out to answer my question. Tomorrow I'm going to visit one of my friends for the first time since he has been in rehab. I would like to know if you have any tips or advice on how I should approach the visit. Sorry for being vague, this is new to me. I just want to know what is the best strategy going into the visit and what I can do to help my friend.

    Thank you for your time,

    Hi Art,

    I think it's wonderful that you're going to see your friend in rehab and I know visiting for the first time can be difficult because you don't know what to expect. People need as much healthy and positive support as they can get from family, friends and loved ones during this time and throughout their recovery.

    I don't know how long your friend has been in rehab but in the beginning of treatment a person is going through emotional and physical changes and sometimes they are depressed, agitated or full of anxiety. Just let your friend know that you're there for him and that you're proud of his accomplishments during treatment. Just visiting and letting your friend know that you support him during his recovery will mean a lot.

    It's OK to ask your friend how he's doing and if he hasn't been in rehab long, don't expect him to have a completely positive attitude. Your friend is going through a lot of emotional ups and downs during this time and just you're being there supporting him will mean a lot because recovering from addiction isn't easy.

    When a person is in rehab just knowing that their friends are there for them, want to see them succeed and are willing to do anything they can do to help, makes all the difference in the world. Enjoy your visit, you're a good friend.

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