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Due to its healthy business climate, Ohio is now ranked as one of the best states for female entrepreneurs to set up a new business. With a large number of companies owned by women, low living costs and high levels of safety, the state is seen as being particularly welcoming to new businesses. In addition, in Cincinnati, numerous networking groups and events take place all around the city, offering mutual support and encouragement to women. They are a great place to build business by making connections with other female business owners, while, at the same time, reaching out to potential new clients. For the latter, one particular networking group for small businesses, run by a boutique marketing company, offers help with customer experience-focused marketing, including merchandising, copy writing and press releases.

Reaching Out to Customers

Of course, good marketing is vital to both new and established businesses, and an extra personal touch can set a business apart. In a survey on the use of print marketing, 85% of consumers stated a preference for businesses that printed materials such as business cards, signs and flyers. OnlineStamp.net explains that clients like to see tangible evidence of the success of a business, and something as simple as mailing out high quality invitations, flyers and other company material to clients and contacts can ensure a business stands out from the crowd. Keeping in touch personally with loyal customers will help a business stay competitive while at the same time making clients feel valued.

Building up Contacts

Printed business cards are a quick and easy way to pass on contact details and are particularly useful for handing out at networking events. Here is where you might meet some of the leading business women in Cincinnati who have been recognized for building networks, creating strong teams and for mentoring other women in business. As well as sharing ideas and personal experience, business mentors can introduce their colleagues to their wider circle of established contacts, helping entrepreneurs connect with people who can help boost the success of their business.

Following Up on Leads

As networks grow, it’s important to consolidate business relationships and follow up early on any leads or introductions. This is where the personal touch can really make a difference. The power of receiving a handwritten note, thank you letter or invitation by mail shouldn’t be underestimated especially when so many emails go unread, lost in a junk folder. By taking the time to write and send correspondence, business owners can show that they are sincere in wanting to establish a good, solid relationship with their customers.

In a city that already offers opportunities and security for female entrepreneurs, networking groups and events throughout Cincinnati can help make these businesses stronger. Just as the women in Cincinnati meet and support each other by sharing their experience and contacts, so developing personal connections with clients and customers will help their businesses continue to flourish.

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Starting a fashion blog takes more than picking out the right heels to go with your earrings. You need to be able to express your knowledge, know-how, and be the first to recognize upcoming trends. If your friends always ask for advice or steal your style, you’re probably on the right track.

Do you fall asleep thinking about the latest Isaac Mizrahi runway looks or Willi Smith vintage dresses? If so, you may make a marvelous fashion blogger. And why wouldn’t you want to be? Fashion does miraculous things to us. Clothing helps us build our personas and express our personalities. Research actually shows that clothes transform the way you act and how you see yourself.

If you’re looking to impact Cincinnati and the world, consider sharing your advice, opinions, and hottest outfits with an audience of fashion blog readers. Here are five steps to getting you started on the road to a groundbreaking blog with loyal followers and fan.

  1. Curate Your Brand and Choose a Name

All great fashion personalities have their ‘thing.’ While you don’t need to be the next Joan Rivers or be eccentric at all, you want to focus in on what makes your style, taste, and eye unique. Do you have an excellent knack for matching colors or do you find patterns irresistible? Whatever you’re good at, capitalize on it.

Next, name your blog. Naming your blog is like naming a baby, but a with a little more emphasis on sounding memorable. You want the title of your blog and your domain name to be both catchy and straightforward. Make the spelling simple so people aren’t mistaken. Avoid numeric characters, symbols, underscores, and hyphens–these can be difficult to type or spell-out.

As strange as it may sound, avoid the words “fashion” or “style” in your name. These are too expected and kind of boring. Instead, think about that niche you’re filling. How much better does “Plaid and Polka Dots” sound compared to “Jenny’s Fashion Blog”? 

  1. Setup a Fashion-Foward Website

Ok, you have a great name, you’ve thought about your niche, now start building your empire. Well, at least start building your blog. You’ll need to find a hosting service and cross your fingers that your blog name isn’t taken. Then you can register your domain name and design your blog.

Try to find a service that has premade templates so you don’t spend forever trying to figure out how to format your blog. Choose a basic format because once you start adding pictures of outfits or spring collections, you don’t want to clutter the page.

3. Put Your Thoughts into Words

The first part of your website you’ll want to form is your About page. While people may click on one of your posts from a Facebook link, almost every visitor to a blog will click on the “About Us” before committing to reading more than one blog post. Readers also follow people they like or think have interesting perspectives, so make sure you can express what makes you and your fashion aesthetic unique on this page.

Your next focus should be on your first blog post. This will sound strange, but in the future, people will go back and look at your first blog post more than almost anything else you write. So, think of it as an introduction to who you are or the first stone in the foundation of your blog.

4. Keep Your Content Lively and Up-to-Date

What makes blogs different than any other written form is that you can treat the content like a time capsule of what’s going on in fashion rather than a perfectly composed editorial on Pyer Moss.

Be personal and honest in your blog, and your readers will appreciate you for it. Remember that your readers will look for you for expertise. Do some research and be the first to inform your readers of the latest trends or what you can predict for the upcoming season. 

Use plenty of bright images that make sense with the season. You’ll want to post free high-quality love stock images for Valentines Day or wintry images during December. Readers want to know that your blog is current and aware of what’s happening.

5. Promote Your Blog and Share the Love 

Once you have your first post done, you can share your blog with your friends, family, and those fashion-forward people you cross paths with. Don’t be embarrassed to post your hard work on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You have the opportunity to inform others and make the world a bit more beautiful. The better your posts, the more likely your friends will repost what you have to offer. 

You may even gain enough notoriety to enjoy some of the benefits associated with fashion blogging. If you’re trying to get a job in the industry, you can use your blog as a portfolio of your skills and a way to network with other fashion professionals. You can also gain access to some fashion events or make a little money.

So, you’re on your way to fashion blogging greatness. Use your voice to promote worthy causes like Grace B Bold and the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. You have a platform to make a difference and make the world better.

Don’t forget to have some fun and laugh a little at your fashion faux pas. We all have them and they make us lovable and human. Keep your eyes on the runaway and your mind on the future and you’ll do just fine.

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ADDICTION IS A DISEASE

By now, it is common sense to know that addiction in most cases is a bad thing. Whether you are addicted to hard drugs such as cocaine or heroin, mild substances such as weed or nicotine, or even gambling – all of these things can be extremely bad for anyone who partakes in them – especially if that person is not aware of their limits. 

SO, WHAT ABOUT VAPING?

Ever since people, especially parents who smoke regularly and yet are still very concerned about the effects of their harmful habit on their young children, have become aware of the dangerous diseases which can be caused by too much tobacco and nicotine in your system, they have started to turn to vaping. Some even consider vaping to be a harmless substitute for all other substances. 

Vaping, also known as e-cigarettes and even electric cigarettes, has suddenly started to appear as an attractive replacement to people who either want to quit indulging in a harmful habit such as smoking, or want to get into it but don’t want to get addicted or go for something which is too strong for beginners. 

But the sad reality is that vaping might not be as harmless as people believe it to be. For sure, vaping is much less dangerous than nicotine because first of all, addiction to vaping is a very rare thing to happen whereas almost every other tobacco smoker on the entire planet is dangerously addicted to nicotine. 

HOW IS VAPING HARMFUL?

We wouldn’t go as far as claiming that vaping is as harmful as smoking excessively, but it still should not be treated as the godsend people think it is. 

According to the well-known and influential American Lung Association, vaping is dangerous if indulged in excessive amounts because most of the vapes and e-cigarettes people use have the chemical nicotine in them. And we all know just how addictive nicotine can be. 

Once you become dependent on nicotine, you can develop harmful side effects from not getting the nicotine you crave.  For those who are unaware, withdrawal from nicotine suddenly can lead to several awful conditions such as anxiety, loss of appetite and sleep, and even depression. Just like nicotine can badly affect your child’s developing brains, which leads to reduced memory and attention spans, the vaping of nicotine can do the same. Nicotine in vapes can also bring harm to unborn babies. 

Other than nicotine, another thing which can bring tons of harm to your child is the well-known chemical for building known as formaldehyde. This substance is known for causing cancer. 

Another thing to watch out for in vapes are the flavors, especially the chemical known as diacetyl, which has a buttery taste and can be very harmful as it causes a disorder of the lungs known as “popcorn lung” which is similar to bronchitis. 

In short, if your kids are interested in vaping, lead them in a different direction.  If you vape, but your kids do not, make sure you are informed of all the potential side effects before  you expose them to vape or the second hand effects of the vapor. 

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Is your home in need of a bit of attention? Paintwork looking marked and faded, décor a little tired? Maybe you’re just bored living in the same environment after a few years and feel like a change. Or perhaps you’re considering putting the house up for sale and want to present it at its best. There are many reasons why you might be thinking about home improvement projects, but you need to think carefully about what is important and what you wish to achieve. Home improvements can be a costly business, so prioritizing the work you have in mind and looking for low-cost alternatives is a good place to start.

Selecting your project if you’re thinking of selling

The kind of project you want to take on will depend on what you are looking to achieve. If you’re thinking of boosting the sales potential and asking price of your house, then decorating right through in neutral colors is the best way to begin. Tidying, cleaning, and generally smartening up every room is the best way to maximize your return when you sell. If you’re thinking of major projects like a new kitchen or bathroom, don’t assume that the cost of the work will be reflected in the asking price. Such projects may add value, they may make no difference, or they may cost you a considerable amount without giving any return. You need to ask for some advice from realtors who know the local market as to what projects are worth undertaking.

Selecting your project if you’re not selling

Adding value to your home may not be such a priority as when you are selling, but it’s still something to consider. If your plans are going to cost considerably more than any value they might add, you need to be sure that the benefits to you in other forms will be at a sufficient level to offset any financial losses. If you will improve your lifestyle and the quality of your home life significantly, then the investment is worthwhile. Home improvement projects can take many forms, from simply redecorating and/or furnishing, to changing what a room is used for, or even enlarging and adding rooms. Open plan living areas have many advantages, and if this concept appeals to you, your project will involve an element of demolition and a rethink of the layout to make the new open space work well and look good.

How good are your DIY skills?

When it comes to costing your project, you might be considering doing some or all of the work yourself. This can be a cheaper option than getting tradespeople in, but the savings you make will only be worthwhile if you have the skills required. If you make a mistake when working on your project, you could end up having to get a professional in any way, or at the very least end up with a job that isn’t as well-done as it could have been. There are some tasks that most people can master with a little tuition and practice, such as painting and decorating. You don’t need to be a master craftsman to sand down floorboards or put up shelves for instance. Other tasks are much harder to do well, like plastering walls, and some are potentially dangerous – it’s not a good idea to interfere with your electrical systems if you’re not an electrician for example. 

DIY versus professional

Your best bet is to make an honest appraisal of your skills, and see what you could realistically do within your skill set and the time you have available. Missing out on extra work or overtime because you’re struggling with tiling the bathroom isn’t a very cost-effective approach to home improvement. You could well be better off earning the extra money and paying for a skilled tiler to come in and do the bathroom for you. Once you’ve determined what you are capable of and want to do yourself, you need to draw up an outline plan listing what needs to be done, when and by whom. You can then look at getting quotes for the professional work you need doing, and will be able to give the businesses a better idea of the timeframe and when you will need them. If the cost of employing tradespeople will take you over your available budget, then a home loan could be the answer. You can find out more about loan options for home improvements by searching online for the deals that will work best for your situation.

Making a plan for your project

It’s always best to make a plan before starting work so that you won’t get any surprises along the way. First of all, you need to be decided on what you want the room to look like; the color scheme, the purpose of the room and how that is changing, the layout of the furniture, and whether you want any new items to be added in. There are also practical actions to take into account, for example where you will put the contents of the room you’re making over, and when your tradespeople are able to fit you in. You’ll need to purchase all your materials in preparation, and you may need to book time off work – or at least check your diary to see what availability you have, so you can accurately predict how long the project will take. 

Completing the project

The plan you’ve made should include a realistic time schedule, which you should try and stick to and revise if necessary as you progress. Sometimes projects can be started with great enthusiasm, only for work to tail off for various reasons. The room then doesn’t get finished, and you will be trying to work around the disarray engendered by the start of the project. Get all the family members involved and lending a hand, in any way that suits them. The more help you get at the right time, the quicker the project will be completed.

Home makeovers can be a lot of fun if you stick to these golden rules and get everything ready before you start your project.

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As national heart health awareness month comes to a close, we learn about a local lady with a personal story that will educate and inspire you to take heart.

Susan Cox, a St. Elizabeth patient

 

Susan Cox did the unthinkable—she drove herself to the hospital, even though she thought she could be having a heart attack.

Her children had already been through so much when they lost their father to heart disease, so she didn’t want them to see her leave in an ambulance.

Susan said, “Just two years ago my husband Randy was at St. Elizabeth for heart surgery. That was the most difficult time of my life. Randy was everything to me, we were together for 20 years.”

After Randy suffered a heart attack, Dr. Victor Schmelzer performed triple-bypass surgery. Soon after surgery, Randy suffered a stroke. When he woke, he remembered the names of family members, but most of his memories appeared to be gone. Randy then went to rehab to get stronger, but he suffered a second heart attack and stroke. He returned to St. Elizabeth for care and in the end was under the care of Hospice.

“Dr. Schmelzer was there for me every step of the way when Randy was sick. Not only was he caring for Randy, he was there for me. He would always ask how I was doing, put a hand on my shoulder, or sometimes let me cry in his arms,” Susan said. “Although Randy didn’t make it, Dr. Schmelzer did everything he could for Randy and my family. He was unbelievably good to me.”

Nine months later, Susan arrived at St. Elizabeth Edgewood Emergency Department and learned she was having a heart attack and would need surgery. There was one thing Susan was sure of when she arrived, she wanted Dr. Schmelzer to care for her.

“I found out I had small arteries and they may need to transfer me for surgery. But I knew if anyone could take good care of me, it was St. Elizabeth and Dr. Schmelzer, and so I stayed at St. Elizabeth for surgery.”

Dr. Schmelzer discussed his care for Susan and her family, “I had the opportunity to become acquainted with Ms. Cox and her family while taking care of her husband, Randy, a few years ago. It’s extremely gratifying when family members of previous patients choose our team at St. Elizabeth Heart and Vascular Institute for their heart care.”

Dr. Schmelzer added, “When Ms. Cox needed surgery we took into consideration that she has school-age children that relied on her every day. Getting to know our patients and their unique life circumstances is an important element in our ability to provide the personalized care for each and every patient that they deserve. Our staff, nurses, and physicians work together daily to meet the unique needs of every patient and their families.”

Susan believes it takes a special kind of person to care for someone when they are at their weakest, and she felt that kindness throughout her experience with her husband and during her care.

Susan said, “Dr. Schmelzer means so much to me. I can’t say enough about the support and compassion he gave me when my husband was sick. He is one of the kindest people I have ever met. Then when I needed surgery, he was there for me again.”

After surgery, Susan attended the St. Elizabeth Cardiac Rehabilitation program. Today, she is doing well—she has quit smoking, exercises regularly and eats a healthy diet.

Many women, like Susan, don’t immediately recognize the symptoms of a heart attack, because they might not experience classic chest pain. Instead, women are likely to experience symptoms such as:

• Nausea

• Shortness of breath

• Overall discomfort and fatigue

Susan hopes not to need another heart surgery, but she knows, “if I ever need Dr. Schmlezer or St. Elizabeth, they will be there for me.” She added, ”I will also never drive myself to the Emergency Department if I think I am having a heart attack.”

Learn more about heart attack symptoms.

This is a special advertising supplement, paid for by St. Elizabeth Healthcare.

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See how one local healthcare network is taking the stress out of regular exams by making them as simple as a fun lunch with friends.

 

Everyone has at least one friend that has fallen behind on getting her annual mammogram. The friend that has made every excuse in the book, “I’m too busy,” “I will make the appointment next month,” “They didn’t find anything last year.”

At St. Elizabeth Healthcare, we have taken the stress out of getting an annual mammogram, and made it a fun and powerful way to take control of your health.

If you have a friend who has put off having her mammogram, get together seven of your closest friends and schedule a Power Lunch.

What is a Power Lunch?

Power Lunches are held on Tuesdays or Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Covington and St. Elizabeth Ft. Thomas. You and seven friends get free lunch, conversation with a medical expert on the latest developments in women’s health, digital screening mammograms and free chair massages.

“Power Lunches are meant to encourage women to get a mammogram in a relaxing environment with other women they love and trust,” said Terri Bogan, RN, Interim Nurse Manager at St. Elizabeth’s Women’s Wellness Center.

St. Elizabeth Healthcare first began Power Lunches in 2010. Today, hundreds of women each year help an anxious loved one get their annual mammogram during a Power Lunch.

Schedule a Power Lunch Today

Learn more about our Power Lunch program. Call (859) 655-8777 to schedule your lunch, available at St. Elizabeth Covington and St. Elizabeth Ft. Thomas locations.

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Keeping fit is something a lot of people view as very important and many of us would like to put more effort into. Whether your goal is to lose weight, build muscle, have better cardio fitness, bust stress, or all of the above, there is no doubt that most people can benefit from putting more fitness activities into their lives. However, this isn’t always easy. The pressures of work, family life, and having a full schedule can make going to fitness classes or even attending the gym seem like an impossibility, and this means some people forgo the exercise they want to do or rely on less efficient ways of keeping fit, like trying to walk wherever they can.

Because of this, some fitness businesses have spotted a gap in the market for home fitness, and this is an area where there has been a lot of innovation in the last few years.

The Downside of Old-School Home Fitness

While exercising at home is nothing new, in the past, people would purchase a fitness video or DVD and use that. While the workouts could be quite good, the monotony of doing the same exercises every day with the instructor on the video saying the same things soon made even the best-made workout videos boring. As a result, people tended to either abandon the programs or end up buying dozens of the videos just to give themselves enough variety to stay motivated. 

How Online Fitness Gets Around This

Lately, there has been a huge rise in services that offer home fitness videos online, such as Studio SWEAT onDemand spin class videos. These services have the same benefits as the old fitness DVDs in that you can do them at home on your own and fit them around your life, but they also counteract a lot of the drawbacks fitness videos and DVDs have. You gain access to lots of different classes, which means you don’t have to listen to the same instructor saying the same things over and over to get your workout. They also allow you to join communities where lots of other people are training on the same program. People feel more supported and enjoy the sense of being held accountable that you get at a physical gym.

Is Online Fitness Right for You?

Online fitness programs have a lot of advantages and you can find all sorts of classes that can allow you to work out at home effectively, depending on what kind of activity you like doing and what equipment you have (for instance, for spinning you need a stationary bike, but there are plenty of workouts you can do where all you need is a towel and some space, too). These can help you have a structured workout rather than just using whatever fitness gear you have at home on the fly, and can also save you a lot of time and money compared to going to a gym.

It is interesting to see how well online fitness is catching on, and the great results many of its fans are getting.

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The Jewish faith has many important traditions. One of these is eating kosher food. For a Gentile, navigating the complexities of kosher and non-kosher can be something of a minefield. The last thing you want to do is offend your Jewish friends and family by giving them an unsuitable gift, yet following traditions shows that you respect the recipient’s Jewish heritage. 

There are certain rules to keep in mind when purchasing gifts for Jewish friends and families. To help you make the right decision and ensure your gift is welcomed with open arms, read on for some helpful advice. 

The Rules of Kosher

“Kosher” means “appropriate” or “fit”. Kosher food may or may not have been blessed by a Rabbi, but if it follows the prescribed practices of Kashrut, it is kosher. 

There are three categories of kosher food: meat, dairy, and pareve, or neutral. Meat and dairy are self-explanatory, but pareve includes, nuts, fruits, vegetables, eggs, fish, etc. In addition, meat must be slaughtered in a kosher, or more humane, way.

When looking for kosher gifts, you need to remember that meat, dairy, and pareve must not be mixed. This means any gift containing both meat and dairy is not kosher. Manhattan Fruitier offers beautiful kosher gift baskets featuring seasonal fresh fruit, kosher chocolate, babka, nougat, and honey! These baskets are perfect for any occasion.

What are Kosher Gifts?

Kosher gifts are usually identified by special symbols, which makes it easier to ensure you don’t inadvertently buy a non-kosher gift and cause offense. However, if giving a kosher gift for a special holiday, for example, at a Hanukah celebration, you should check whether the meal is dairy-based or meat-based, so you can buy a suitable gift. Otherwise, the recipient must wait six hours to enjoy the gift.

Kosher Holiday Traditions

Jewish holidays such as Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah often have their own gift traditions. For example, it is customary to give fruit baskets at Tu B’Shvat and dairy-based gifts such as kosher cheese baskets on Shavuot. Purim is a time for the celebration of kinship, so give your friends some tasty kosher ready-to-eat snacks. 

Ideal Kosher Gifts

You should choose your kosher gifts carefully, but there are some great gift ideas if you’re stuck for what to buy your Jewish friends and family. 

  • Kosher Chocolate – Gourmet kosher chocolate is perfect for a dairy-based celebration. I defy anyone to be disappointed with a box of gourmet chocolate treats!
  • Kosher Candy – Kosher candy is another great choice for anyone with a sweet tooth. Children will love kosher chocolate pretzels, lollipops, and taffy.
  • Kosher baked goods – Look for kosher baked pies and cakes that are dairy-free, so they can be gifted for any celebration. So long as you stick to the kosher guidelines, you can create a tasty chocolate cake that’s dairy-free. 
  • Challah – Traditional Challah braided Challah bread is always welcomed. You can pick up Challah bread from a Jewish bakery or have a go at making your own. 

Other Kosher gift ideas include rugelach pastries, kosher wine, matzah ball soup, and latke crisps.

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Breaking a habit like a drug addiction is a long and difficult process. It is a journey that is incredibly difficult to complete. Consequently, a drug rehabilitation center is the best chance that many people will have in beating their addiction. All addictions are complex, psychologically speaking, and so there is no set of hard and fast rules dictating what the best course of action is. However, it has been repeatedly proven that a specialized drug rehabilitation program is the best hope for the majority of addicts out there. Getting the most out of drug rehabilitation requires individuals to have an understanding of both their illness and the purposes behind the various activities and treatments employed while in rehab.

Don’t Forget Why You Are There

This is possibly the most important piece of advice you can receive. Rehab is, by its nature, difficult, and it requires patients to put into it as much as they expect to get out. It is vital that while you are there, especially when things seem tough, that you remember why you are there and what motivated you to opt for rehab in the first place. 

Ask Questions

If you are unsure about anything during your stay, then ask staff about it. Being in such an unfamiliar environment can bring on feelings of anxiety in a number of people. However, there is nothing to worry about; the staff at the rehab center will be happy to help allay any concerns that you might have about your treatment.

Follow the Rules

Even if you don’t agree with specific points of policy or procedure at the rehab center you use, you should still do everything you can to ensure that you are complying with everything that is expected of you. During withdrawal, it is normal for patients to feel irritable and this might make minor annoyances seem like a big deal. Try to remember, however, that there is a reason for any rules you are required to follow and the people who decided those rules are the same people working to help you overcome your addiction. 

Be Patient

Breaking a drug gambit will require that you are patient with both yourself and with the staff who are helping to treat you. The process of reintegration back to a normal routine after a sustained period of drug addiction can take a long time, longer than most people realize. In fact, while the physical effects of withdrawal are usually over relatively quickly, there is still the psychological aspect to addiction, which can often prove much more difficult to break and is the main cause of relapses further down the line. It will take time and willpower to overcome your addiction. Finding a rehab center near to friends and family can also be helpful. If you live in Georgia, for example, then try searching the web for Georgia Drug Rehab.

Quitting drugs is a long and difficult process and in order to be successful, it requires the patient to engage and to use as much willpower as they can muster.

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Watching somebody that you love and care about go through an addiction problem is never an easy experience. However, it’s important to bear in mind that even after you have encouraged them to reach out for help and perhaps even arranged a rehabilitation period for them, along with medical and psychological treatment, being there for them and supporting them does not stop there. For many people who are recovering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol, the recovery process goes on for months or even years after they leave the rehabilitation center; for some, it is a lifelong process of working to avoid relapsing back into old habits and routines. Here are some effective things that you can do to support your loved one on their recovery journey. 

#1. Trust Them

First and foremost, it’s important that you try and trust your loved one to look after themselves and stay sober if they have told you that they will. Although you cannot guarantee that this will happen, it’s vital that you give them space and trust that they need to carry on with a journey that is very personal to them. Of course, it can be easy to become overprotective when you are concerned about a loved one. However, this can often have the opposite effect, as they could feel that they have let you down, which can contribute to self-esteem problems. Check in with them regularly, but be sure that you are not overbearing or too protective of them – let them figure it out for themselves and step in if you feel it is necessary. 

#2. Do Fun Things Together

One of the main pieces of advice given to recovering addicts is to find new, healthier habits and hobbies to replace the old routines of taking drugs or drinking alcohol. This is certainly something that you can help your loved one with, and trying out new hobbies and activities with them can also be a lot of fun for you. You can do simple yet fun things together, such as taking your dogs for a walk, going shopping for new outfits, re-decorating a room, taking art classes, cooking together, or even learning a new sport – all of this can help to reintegrate them back into a substance-free lifestyle, boost their self-esteem, and improve their relationship with you too. 

#3. Actively Listen

Keep in mind that after coming out of a rehabilitation program, there may be a lot that your loved one will want to talk about, whether it’s their hopes and dreams for the future, or sharing their experiences of heroin withdrawal with you. As a supportive friend or relative, it’s important that you are there to actively listen to them. Be aware that they may not always expect you to do something to help, but rather just need a listening and understanding ear. Communicate openly with your loved one and ask them if there is anything that you can do to make their journey easier for them. 

With your help, your loved one can enjoy a successful recovery journey to a fulfilling, life of sobriety. 

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