Supporting someone through mental illness and/or addiction is very difficult. Venting helps. Being with people who are going through a similar experience helps. Remembering how to take care of yourself in this difficult time is very important.
Remember when they teach you in the airplane to put on your oxygen mask first so that you can help your children and loved ones? This can be very difficult to do in real life when you are facing challenges living, loving or trying to support someone with a mental illness or addiction because illness happens everyday, all the time. Take a break and recharge with us. For your sake and your sanity. And it will ultimately help them as well.