Relationships play a very important role in our daily lives, and especially in recovery. You may think that you’re the one going through recovery and it’s your challenge to deal with alone, but that is not the case. The relationships in your life can turn into a huge support system and can make a significant positive impact on your recovery.
But while addiction can take a toll on your mind and body, it can affect the relationships around you. Whether it is family, a significant other, friends, co-workers and colleagues, or classmates, everyone around you is impacted by addiction one way or another. This means that you will have to take a look and think of ways to restore or maintain your relationships during your addiction treatment and recovery. Luckily, here are some tips to help get you started.
Take time for yourself
Before tackling any relationship challenges, it’s going to be beneficial to take some time to get to know yourself again and what is important to you in life. This will help you determine what you will and will not stand for and tolerate in your relationships moving forward.
The role of family in recovery
Family is everything and they can play a huge role in your recovery. Hopefully you have at least one person in your family that you can lean on. Unfortunately not everyone can be so lucky which is why family doesn’t just have to be blood-related. It can be anything you make it. No matter who you consider to be family, reach out, have an honest conversation, and see how you can work on your relationship moving forward.
Evaluate existing relationships
Start by taking a look at the relationships in your life and whether they have a positive or negative effect on you. Does being around these people make you want to use? Or do they support you in your road to recovery? Do they lift you up or just bring you down? Try to determine for yourself what relationships are worth restoring and maintaining. Remove the people who make you question your recovery and embrace those who support you.
Seek new sober friendships
If you choose to go to a sober living home during recovery, you are surrounded by peers that have the potential to become life-long friends. It is a safe environment where you all can be open and honest, while holding each other accountable. Friendships in sober living homes aren’t automatic and they still require work, but they can be very rewarding.
Addiction Recovery at Dignity Hall Sober Living
If you are looking for a safe and sober environment to start this new chapter of your life, Dignity Hall is the place for you. During your stay you will learn valuable lessons including how to reconnect with people you care about and build upon your relationships moving forward. You will have access to individual therapy and group counseling sessions that can help you learn different communication styles and help put them into practice. Our structured sober living homes in southern New Jersey are dedicated to helping you create a new sober life. Contact Dignity Hall today at 855.347.2452 to learn more.