-Do check in on your loved one, your friend often. Yes, this road is very long, It's not their fault. Yes, tapers can be endless. If they have shared this with you, it means they need and want your support. Ask them how it's going. Ask them all about it.
-Do read up on this issue. Do read, watch you tube, research, help your partner/friend/loved one feel SEEN. Yes, others may have had an easier time,but this particular person isn't having an easy time. Don't shame them for that, encourage and recognize that what they are doing is brave beyond words.
-Do let it be ok if they decide they cannot go any further with their taper or decide not to keep going. Don't shame. Don't judge. Dont be anti-anything. Be open.
-Do offer to come over, bring some food, bring your warmth, sit and be with them. If they cannot go out of the house, it's ok. Be there and meet them exactly where they are at. In the darkness, in the light, wherever....
-Do offer some essential oils, research alternatives to healing, even if its a massage or reiki or other healing. These aren't cures of course, just ways in which your friend or partner can feel loved and seen and a little less in pain.
-Do set up home visits. Do treat your friend, partner, spouse to a session with Jennifer Leigh or Baylissa.
-Do start a go fund me if they need help. Or even a fund amongst friends.
-Do try to help out with kids, take your friend to doctor's appointments, etc.
-Do believe your friend, partner when they say that most doctors don't recognize this as an issue.
-Do meet this issue with curiousity.
-Do warn others of this. Spread the word. You don't have to reveal specifics of who this is happening to, but if you hear others talking about considering getting on this medication, ask them to consider thinking twice and do their research.
-Do fight the stigma of being on prescription drugs and withdrawal. It doesn't mean you are crazy or messed up or whatever.. it means you were taking drugs as prescribed and weren't warned of their dangers. Tell others. Speak out.
-Do offer your friend a hand. Offer them hope.
-Do help them distract. How? That all depends on the person and how disabled they are. Music, meditation, foot massage, movies, I don't know. I am too in the thick of it to come up with any ways to be honest. (I go on walks, I pick up my children, I sit and read spiritual books if I can, I talk with others. I talk with Baylissa)
I will write more Do's as they come to me. Tonight my burning is suddenly raging in my chest and esophagus to the point of severe discomfort. I think the emotion of the day is catching up to me. I am just thinking about my puppy tonight. I can't DO much of anything so I will shelf these Do's for now...... What are some things your friends or family have done that have been warm, and helpful to you on this journey?
Someone who found themselves accidentally dependent and suffered an iatrogenic injury from medications that were prescribed. Sharing experience, strength and hope with others. This is written as a person on this winding path and NOT as a professional. Please contact a licensed professional for any medical/psychological care or advice. This is NOT a substitute for medical or psychological care. What is written here reflects my own personal experience ONLY.