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How to help someone who relapsed

Being the friend or loved one of someone with an addiction disorder can be a very challenging position to be in. Bicycle Health encourages caregivers, friends, and family members of patients with addiction disorders to talk openly with their loved ones about their concerns. The more we talk openly about addiction, the more we move towards a culture and a society that prioritizes addiction treatment and recovery. I also remind friends and family members that they cannot take care of their loved ones unless they are also and foremost taking care of themselves. There are many support groups and resources for family members of patients dealing with addiction that can help provide resources and guidance for how to help someone who has relapsed. If you have concerns about a loved one relapsing, ask for their permission to reach out to their medical providers to help reconnect them to care and support.

Elena Hill, MD, MPH

Elena Hill, MD; MPH received her MD and Masters of Public Health degrees at Tufts Medical School and completed her family medicine residency at Boston Medical Center. She is currently an attending physician at Bronxcare Health Systems in the Bronx, NY where she works as a primary care physician as well as part time in pain management and integrated health. Her clinical interests include underserved health care, chronic pain and integrated/alternative health.

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