Rebuilding Relationships in Recovery

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Addiction Affects Everyone

Substance use disorders can be extremely damaging to your physical and mental health. However, these disorders can also be harmful to other aspects of your life, such as your job, your finances, and your relationships.

Addiction impacts not only the life of the individual that is struggling, but it also affects everyone around them as well. Family members, friends, and other loved ones often feel the impact of substance use.

Part of the recovery process is repairing relationships that may need healing. Here are some tips to rebuilding relationships:

Be Patient

Building relationships takes time, and so does repairing them. Earning trust and accepting change - two crucial elements in rebuilding relationships requires a great deal of patience. You may be met with some hesitation or resistance, which could lead to feelings of frustration. Try to remember just as you are trying your hardest, the other person in the relationship most likely is as well.

If you find yourself feeling annoyed with the other person, try to self-reflect and ask yourself why those feelings may be happening. Have open conversations with your loved ones and practice techniques that allow you to be patient with them.

Be Honest

One of the best ways to regain someone’s trust is by being completely honest with them. This means being vulnerable, confessing to actions you aren’t proud of, and admitting your true feelings. Honesty also means that your actions match your words and you are sticking to your own promises. When your loved one sees these positive patterns, it will help re-establish trust in your relationship.

Ask for Forgiveness

Denial is a strong emotion that is often associated with substance use. If you were in denial in the past, it is important to openly acknowledge your mistakes. By apologizing to your loved ones and asking them for forgiveness, you are not only strengthening your relationship but also freeing yourself of any guilt you may have held on to. When your apology is accepted, it will also make you feel accepted and loved.

Attend Treatment at Tennessee Wellness Center

By continuing treatments at Tennessee Wellness Center, you are showing your friends and family that you are serious about your recovery. This is another great way to repair your trust with loved ones.

At Tennessee Wellness Center, our family-oriented experts are here to help. We offer both intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs that allow you to continue living at home while coming to our facility multiple times per week.

We also understand the importance of aftercare and ongoing support for those in recovery. Once a treatment program has been completed, you can continue therapy and utilize other means of support that you need.

Learn more about our treatment programs by contacting us online or calling us at (865) 205-2770.