The relationships you have play a critical role in helping you enjoy a healthy and happy lifestyle. Addiction has a profound impact on relationships. It might have been hard to stick to your commitments when you were intoxicated or hungover. This could have led to you having a few relationships that need mending. If so, a large part of your recovery is spent on healing relationships with the sober people in your life.
You might have also heard that you’ll need to separate from people involved in supporting your addiction. Your recovery will include avoiding anyone who encourages you to use drugs and alcohol. While this can sometimes seem like a loss, the truth is that the recovery process helps to bring the importance of healthy relationships into sharper focus. Learning how to build quality relationships is an essential part of any effective addiction treatment plan. You’ll quickly find that building strong personal connections is easier when you surround yourself with sober support.
What Is the Importance of Healthy Relationships During Recovery?
Healthy relationships bring you happiness and serve as support that helps you get through tough moments in your life. Although every relationship occasionally has some challenges, you should find that the ones you have in your life are generally supportive. Your success at recovery and relationships go hand in hand. As you get sober, you’ll find that it’s easier to live up to other people’s expectations, and you’ll be able to be honest with the people that you care about. In turn, those same people in your life can gather around you and help you find the strength you need to make it through rough moments in your recovery.
What Are Signs of Good Relationships In Recovery?
A large part of building healthy relationships in recovery is knowing what makes someone a good friend or family member to have around. One of the first ways to check on the health of a relationship is to ask yourself if they support your recovery. Someone who truly cares about your wellbeing won’t give you grief about seeking addiction treatment. They’ll be happy to see you getting healthy again. You can also look for these traits of someone who you want to have in your life as you make friends and renew your current relationships.
- Has your best interest at heart
- Willing to go to counseling to work out major relationship issues
- Respects your personal boundaries
- Makes sure that you feel supported
- Trustworthy and does what they say
- Willing to admit when they’re wrong and correct a fault
- Makes you feel generally good about your relationship
How Does Codependency Impact Recovery and Relationships?
You’ll often hear about the potential damages that toxic relationships in recovery can have on your sobriety. While you might already know how to cut out people who lie, cheat or steal, there is another type of relationship that can be dangerous for your ability to stay sober. A codependent relationship is sometimes hard to identify because it often looks like one person is trying to help the other. However, a codependent person might do things that help you continue engaging in your addictive behaviors. For example, they may give you money or be willing to buy you drugs or alcohol. If you’re in a codependent relationship, your counselors will help you determine if it can be saved. Usually, both people will need to work on their personal challenges in therapy to stop the unhealthy relationship patterns.
How Does Treatment Help Recovering Addicts and Relationships?
Effective addiction treatment is heavily focused on the importance of building healthy relationships in recovery. In your individual therapy sessions, you’ll get to the root of any challenges in your relationships. Most people also benefit from bringing their closest loved ones into their therapy sessions. Working through your issues together with a professional’s help can help you do things such as learn better communication skills that help your relationship heal. Your treatment should also include many opportunities to meet and spend time with other people at various stages in their recovery. You’ll be able to lean on each other for support, and it’s always great to know who to call to accompany you on a hiking excursion or trip to the beach.
Doing anything new can feel stressful, but having a strong group of people supporting your decision to get sober helps you to feel stronger when the inevitable craving hits. As you prepare for your addiction treatment, take a moment to think about the people in your life who could benefit from being an active part of your therapy. Then, open up your mind to the idea of bringing new people into your life that want you to stay sober. Your social group is about to expand in amazing ways, and each new person who enters your life represents a fresh opportunity to build close bonds that influence your personal happiness.