4 Tips for Mending Relationships Affected By Addiction
Although we often focus on the person suffering from addiction, it can affect those around us too. When you've experienced fallouts in relationships due to your addiction, it is important to reconnect and rebuild with those you love.
Read on to learn more about how you can try to reconnect and rebuild relationships affected by addiction.
1. Take Accountability for Your Actions
For many of those struggling with addiction, it is also hard to take accountability for the fallout caused by your actions. By acknowledging how you’ve damaged your relationship with not only yourself but others, you’re taking the reins on your addiction and committing yourself to making amends.
2. Ask for Forgiveness
Although you’re the one struggling with the throws of addiction, it can have a heavy impact on your loved ones as well. Instead of carrying that guilt and wallowing in shame and self-pity, apologize to the people around you for how your actions have affected them. Take the time to ask for forgiveness and for the opportunity to build back their trust and move forward as you navigate your journey toward wellness and recovery.
3. Communicate Effectively
Struggling with substance abuse and addiction can be an isolating experience, making you feel like no one can even begin to understand you. Rather than shutting your feelings inside, try to articulate your thoughts and feelings with your loved ones to help them better understand your experience.
While verbal conversations can be intimidating, other forms of communication that can make it easier to open up include:
- Writing letters
- Sending an email
- Phone calls
4. Be Patient
Although you may want your loved ones to completely understand and accept you when you’re ready to rebuild your relationships, you have to understand that they may need time to adjust. While you may be experiencing breakthroughs and progress during treatment, they may still be dealing with their personal experiences on the other side. Rebuilding and maintaining relationships with your family and friends takes time, hard work, and dedication.
Seeking Help at The Good Life Treatment Center
At The Good Life Treatment Center, we’re a different kind of treatment center—we believe in the treatment and recovery of the body, mind, and spirit. We’re committed to working with you to help remove the burdens of shame and guilt that addiction so often brings. We think there’s a better, freer way, to live life.