How does one support a friend in residential treatment?

by Tommy
(Albany, NY USA)

I have a female friend who has been in a residential treatment program for heroin addiction for approximately 2 months. At this point in her treatment she is not allowed contact with friends outside the program.

I have been sending cards with support messages and jokes to lift her spirits and flowers on mother's day. It is a difficult as it is one way communication. The essence of my messages is to stay strong and I have confidence in her. I also show support by occasionally going to her drug court appearances. I guess I should add that there is no romantic involvement, just friendship.

Should I address her future and career choices or just continue the messages of support as she continues to remain clean?

Comments for How does one support a friend in residential treatment?

Click here to add your own comments

Keep being a GREAT friend!
by: Debbie Wicker

Dear Tommy,

Wow, what a great friend you are! I wish everyone in addiction treatment had someone like you to support them.

I'd recommend that you contact the treatment center an ask them what they think would be the most helpful for her on her path to recovery. That way they'll know you and hopefully allow you to be as supportive as possible and to actually visit her as quickly as possible.

In the mean time, I would continue to encourage and support her and avoid any discussion of career choices until you KNOW for certain that she is ready. Just staying clean every day is often all that a person can handle while they're in treatment and your understanding of that can be so very beneficial for her:)

Good Luck,

Debbie

Click here to add your own comments

Do you have a question or story? It's easy to ask your question or submit your story. How? Simply click here to return to Heroin Drug Addiction.

and Finally Remember:

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
- Matthew 7:7-8


Subscribe to our Drug-Addiction-Support.org weekly email:

Recent Articles

  1. Resources for Making Life Easier

    Sep 27, 19 09:34 AM

    Life's challenges are hard, no matter who you are or what you're facing. Whether it's everyday struggles you're working to overcome like setting up and

    Read More

  2. Overcoming Common Stigmas of Mental Illness

    Sep 16, 19 10:01 AM

    There are millions of Americans suffering from some form of mental illness. Yet, the number of people that actually get help for their condition pales

    Read More

  3. Where?

    Sep 09, 19 09:46 AM

    Is there any Al-anon meetings in Saint Francis Kansas? If so where??

    Read More

Follow us on Twitter #AddictionSuport