The Daybreak Project

Apricity Recovery and Support Services Day Break

What is The Daybreak Project?

A gathering of people whose lives have been affected by someone’s use and misuse of substances. We gather to share our experiences, our struggles and our successes as we navigate the many challenges, we face because of another’s substance use.

Visit The Daybreak Project website to learn more about the gatherings and helpful resources.

Caring for someone

Caring about someone who struggles with substance abuse is indeed incredibly challenging. It often involves a mix of emotions including worry, frustration, and heartache. Here are a few key points that might help in managing this difficult situation:

Understanding and Empathy

  • Educate Yourself: Learn about substance abuse and addiction to understand what the person is going through. This can help you empathize with their struggles.
  • Listen Actively: Show that you are there to support them by listening without judgment. Sometimes, people just need to feel heard and understood.

Setting Boundaries

  • Establish Boundaries: It’s important to set clear boundaries to protect your own well-being. This might include limiting the amount of time you spend with the person if their behavior becomes harmful to you.
  • Communicate Clearly: Make sure the person understands your boundaries and why they are necessary. This communication needs to be firm but compassionate.

Support and Resources

  • Encourage Professional Help: Suggest that they seek help from professionals such as therapists, counselors, or support groups. Offer to help them find resources or accompany them to appointments if they are open to it.
  • Join Support Groups: Consider joining a support group for families and friends of people with substance abuse issues. These groups can provide valuable support and advice from others who are in similar situations.


  • Take Care of Yourself: Caring for someone with substance abuse issues can be draining. Make sure to take time for self-care and seek support for yourself when needed.
  • Seek Therapy: Talking to a therapist can help you process your emotions and develop strategies for coping with the stress and emotional burden.

Offering Hope and Encouragement

  • Be Encouraging: Offer hope and encouragement, letting the person know that recovery is possible. Celebrate small victories and progress along the way.
  • Be Patient: Recovery from substance abuse is often a long and difficult journey with many ups and downs. Patience and perseverance are crucial.

Remember, you cannot control someone else's actions, but you can control how you respond and take care of yourself. Balancing compassion for the person struggling with substance abuse and maintaining your own mental health is key.

Visit The Daybreak Project website to learn more about the gatherings and helpful resources.