How To Support A Friend Whose Choices You Don’t Support

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Leave your door open if she decides to change

Let your friend know that just because you no longer want to hear about the unhealthy relationship she has doesn’t mean that you aren’t there for her. At any point, when she’s ready to walk away, you’ll be there. She can stay with you. She can call you. You won’t say, “I told you so!” You’ll have her back. There is a caveat here: If she is in an on-again, off-again thing, you can draw a line. You can only take in a friend so many times if she’s just going to return to the relationship the next day. You give away a lot of emotional capital being there for someone after a breakup, and doing that for someone month after month takes too big a toll on you.

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