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A Letter to Loved Ones

A Letter to Loved Ones

A message from the founder of Confidant to loved ones.

We know this is hard, but you’re taking the right steps just by being here.

This is a letter from us to you. What your family is facing is all too common. You didn’t cause this, and it’s okay that you need some help right now. You don’t have to do it alone.

The questions that keep you up at night, like “Why us?” aren’t helping your family move forward. So you’ve begun to seek out solutions.

You may not know what to do next. And asking your friends or Dr. Google is less than helpful.

We want you to know this: You cannot cure or control your loved one.

How about starting with yourself?

While it may sound counterintuitive, it starts with taking a step back. Focusing on improving your ability to cope, your knowledge, and your communication skills helps keep you and your family healthy and thriving.

Addiction hijacks the brain. This is why people continue to use drugs even when they’re experiencing negative consequences. There’s a blend of biological, psychological, and social factors that contribute to continued, prolonged, and problematic substance use. Often, problems with drugs serve as a symptom of something deeper.

By working on yourself, you make it okay for the rest of the family to uncover new things about themselves and slowly lift their masks.

Confidant is here to guide you and your loved one through this process, whether it’s through 1:1 appointments with clinicians, virtual support groups, or learning with Alfie. There is a path to thriving, and we can help you and your loved ones get there.

All the best,

Jon Read

Confidant Health, Founder

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This article has been medically reviewed by
Erin Hillers
Clinical Team
Erin Hillers
Nurse Practitioner

Erin is a Nurse Practitioner with 8 years of experience in midwifery and women's health. She has spent the past 5 years specializing in the treatment of opioid and alcohol use disorders.

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