Make sure that you are sympathetic when your friend experiences the death of his or her pet.
So when a pet dies, the loss is huge and grief is evident.
Instead it teaches you how you can play an active, important role in affecting change in your loved one, by using—are you ready for this? It also stresses the importance of self-care, which is so often overlooked by those who are trying to help a loved one in the throes of addiction. Change takes thought, planning, and work, and reasons to do something different.
I wish this book had been around when my wife and I were trying to figure out how to handle our son’s addiction. Words of Wisdom: “Recognizing that for most people change is more like learning to read than getting hit on the head with an apple, you’ll be less likely to blame a loved one for being ‘bad at it’ in the beginning or despair when he has bad days later on…. You can help make it worth it for your loved one, by helping to create an environment in which positive behavior is rewarded by your affection, presence, collaboration, and other forms of reinforcement, while negative behavior is shut out in the cold.” I tell people this is the book that saved my life while my son was battling his addiction, and I mean that with every ounce of my being.
Asking innocuous questions until they warm up to you and want to open up more will pass the time and keep things light and fun.
Once you've chatted about favorites, fitness routines, and pop culture, you can dive into some deeper topics and get to know someone on a different level.