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Back to Basics: Foundations of Self-Care for Everyone

Article from Addiction Policy Forum by Caroline DuPont, MD

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According to Dr. Caroline DuPont, "Family members often feel overwhelmed and upset by the complex, emotional responsibilities of trying to help their loved one with a substance use disorder. It can feel hard to think about anything else, but it’s important to understand that it is difficult to help someone else if you don’t also take steps to care for yourself. If you are struggling, find some time – even if only a few minutes each day – to focus on self-care."

This article gives five basic strategies to take care of yourself while caring for a loved one struggling with addiction.

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family education, Self-care