Addiction can damage your relationships just as much as it can harm your physical and mental health. In fact, broken relationships can be one of the most devastating repercussions of active addiction. Addiction can break trust between couples, anger and frustrate children, and leave behind a long trail of broken promises that can dismantle a family’s well-being. Fortunately, quitting drugs and alcohol and rehabilitating your life can, in fact, help improve your relationships.
Some relationships don’t survive addiction, but many do. Many of the relationships that survive substance abuse do so because of drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs. Most addiction treatment programs focus on several aspects of life that help build healthy relationships, such as:
In addition, therapy, counseling sessions, and peer support meetings can help you and your family members and friends get on the same page. Here are 4 practical ways rehabilitation can help improve your relationships.
Honesty is a major component of healthy, thriving relationships. Addiction hinders honesty. More often than not, addiction leads to lying, deception, hiding, and manipulation which, in turn, breeds mistrust, suspicion, frustration, anger, disunity, and detachment. The good news is that rehabilitation encourages a culture of honesty. As you admit your wrongdoing and start to have honest conversations with your family and friends, your relationships will likely improve.
Relationships require communication. But reopening lines of communication can be unnerving, challenging, and, at times, frustrating. Luckily, participating in behavioral therapy can help improve your communication skills. In addition to teaching healthy communication strategies, behavioral therapy sessions can help you manage the stress, challenging emotions, and wide range of perspectives commonly associated with communication. Having good communication skills can be the difference between rebuilding relationships and continued misunderstanding.
Forgiveness is one of the most effective ways to improve a relationship. Extending and receiving forgiveness can help repair some of the trust issues that damaged your relationships in the first place. Instead of carrying guilt and shame from your past actions, ask for forgiveness. After that, extend forgiveness to the people who might have hurt you. Peer support groups, family therapy, and group counseling sessions are great ways to connect with your loved ones, forgive each other, and work toward creating healthier, stronger relationships.
Relationships thrive on intentionality. Neglect, absence, and long periods of isolation weaken relationships. But the recovery process teaches you how to take responsibility for your actions, make intentional choices, and follow through. Make a decision to be intentional and active with your loved ones. Show up for family activities. Be intentional about maintaining a relationship with your spouse. Keep your promises. Being intentional about small things can help rebuild your reputation as a trustworthy and dependable person, which, in turn, can help strengthen your relationships.
Addiction can weaken your relationships just as much as it does your physical and mental health. But there’s hope. Your past doesn’t have to dictate your future. Rehabilitating your life can help strengthen and mend your relationships. Contact us today if you’re ready to rehabilitate your life and rebuild strong, healthy relationships with the people you love most.