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Helping an addict stay clean can be challenging, but here are some steps you can take to support them:

Express your concern: Let the addict know that you are concerned about their addiction and that you want to help them stay clean.

Educate yourself: Educate yourself on addiction, including the signs and symptoms, risks, and available resources for recovery.

Offer support: Offer emotional support to the addict during their journey towards recovery. Encourage them to talk about their feelings and experiences, and offer a listening ear.

Encourage professional help: Encourage the addict to seek ongoing professional help for their addiction. This may involve continuing with their treatment program, attending support groups, or working with an addiction specialist.

Help them find resources: Help the addict find resources for their ongoing recovery, such as support groups or sober living homes in your area.

Avoid enabling behavior: Avoid enabling the addict’s addiction by refusing to provide them with drugs or other resources that could be used to support their addiction.

Set boundaries: Set clear boundaries with the addict around their addiction and the impact it is having on your life. This may involve setting limits on their behavior or refusing to enable their addiction.

Encourage healthy coping strategies: Encourage the addict to find healthy ways to cope with stress and emotions, such as exercise, mindfulness practices, or creative outlets.

Celebrate progress: Celebrate the addict’s progress and milestones towards staying clean. Recognize their efforts and the positive changes they are making in their life.

Remember, helping an addict stay clean can be a difficult and ongoing process that requires ongoing support and commitment. By expressing your concern, educating yourself, offering support, encouraging professional help, helping them find resources, avoiding enabling behavior, setting boundaries, encouraging healthy coping strategies, and celebrating progress, you can support the addict in their journey towards a healthier, sober life.