Rebuilding Relationships During Recovery, Part One

With addiction behind you, recovery is an open door to a new life. It's time to get back in the real world and live happily and healthy. Part of living your new life may require you to do difficult, yet important things. One of the first steps to regaining your drug free life is to rebuild relationships. We know how difficult this might sound. However, it's essential to your overall recovery and health. Without rebuilding the relationships that were destroyed in your addiction, you'll never fully gain a complete life.

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  • This process is a long, hard road. Patience is key for both you and your loved ones. Staying sober will be your main focus. Because of that, your family and friends might lose patience with you when trying to go back to how things were, before addiction. You won't be ready to rejoin life again for a while. Even then, you might have to avoid certain social settings, family members and other triggers that might lead you to thoughts of relapse. You'll have to find out what triggers bother you the most and for the first while, avoid them. Then, you can work into coping with those triggers and finding ways to face them without using. Patience is key to making sure your recovery goes as smoothly as possible. Don't forget that. Don't let your loved ones forget it, either. Consider working with Legacy Freedom and our drug rehab in Charlotte NC, inviting your family and loved ones to therapy sessions that they can sit in on. They'll learn more about your recovery, what you're going through and how long it can take to be "you" again.
  • Taking responsibility and owning up to behaviors and actions during addiction is one of the hardest, yet important parts of recovery. You might not want to relive those terrible times, but doing so will help you take responsibility. You should apologize for your actions and behaviors. Making sure you're sincere in this apology will determine whether or not it's accepted by your loved ones. They might need time to repair and rebuild the relationship that was destroyed by addiction, but in time, as we stated previously, it will come. Be patient and take responsibility, no matter how hard it is.
  • Right in line with taking responsibility, forgiveness won't be easy either. However, it's necessary. You must first forgive yourself for the mistakes you've made. You can't expect others to forgive when you haven't done the same. You have to move forward with confidence and pride. Doing so will require an apology to yourself. You've overcome a great deal while on your journey through recovery. There's no reason you shouldn't forgive yourself for your actions. Then, as you forgive yourself, your loved ones can begin to forgive you as well. You'll be harboring a lot of guilt and shame. Regret will take over, as well. All this can be overcome with help and support from Legacy Freedom, friends and family.
  • During recovery, you'll learn to trust yourself again, but also learn how to build trust with those loved ones you hurt during your darkest times of addiction. It might seem like you're running in circles for a while, but eventually, you will learn to trust yourself. Then, you can begin building trust with loved ones. Be honest with yourself and your loved ones during this time. Honesty is the best policy. Be direct and to the point when talking about recovery. Expect your family and friend to do the same. Let them know how hard you've worked and are continuing to work to get to a better place in life. That way, they won't expect too much of you all at once. Make sure they understand the process of recovery and that it can take a while before you become yourself again. Even then, you might be a bit different than before addiction. That's OK. Remind yourself and your loved ones of that.

Working towards rebuilding your relationship will be difficult. It's a long road that will take time and patience. Just remember, be honest, forgiving of yourself and, above all, be understanding. This process won't be easy. However, that doesn't mean that with time, it won't happen. It will. Just be prepared to take as long as needed to get back on the right track with your loved ones. To learn more, be sure to stay tuned. We will have other tips that can help you rebuild relationships in our next blog.

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If someone you know and love is struggling with any of the symptoms above, don’t hesitate to help them get established with a drug and alcohol treatment center. Drug rehab in Charlotte might be the only chance they have at recovery. There are numerous people dealing with addiction in the world, so it's important to understand you aren't alone. Contact Legacy Freedom if you're interested in our outpatient rehab therapy that doesn't interfere with your daily life of work or school. We are here to help you get back on track to a healthier, happier life.

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