Getting help for an addiction is the best decision you could ever make. During treatment, counselors will help you develop a plan to avoid a relapse. People and places associated with the addiction must be avoided to make way for new, healthy, sober relationships.

Family and loved ones want to see you get better, but many relationships need a lot of time to heal. When you have an addiction, your family and loved ones also experience its devastating effects. Relationships need a lot of time to heal when addiction is involved.

During treatment, think about how you will avoid certain triggers. People associated with your substance use or behavioral problems can put you at high risk of relapse. Building healthy and sustainable relationships with sober people are imperative to your well-being, state of mind, and successful recovery.

Here are 4 steps to build healthy and sustainable relationships:

  1. Start by re-building a relationship with yourself. When you are in recovery, re-establish healthy self-care routines. Self-esteem and confidence significantly decrease with addiction, especially if you have an underlying mental health condition. Discover who you are and what interests you.
  2. Build relationships with several people. By attending group meetings, you will meet many sober people and establish healthy relationships. Try building more than one relationship. If you focus on one person too long or frequently, you may unknowingly ignite a new dependency on that person.
  3. Invite loved ones to group or family therapy. They need time to heal and you can work on slowly mending any trust issues.
  4. Keep communication open with each other. Listen to your loved ones and respect any boundaries they establish. This will help rebuild any broken trust.  

While you are in treatment, you will learn skills to cope with stress and the importance of avoiding people who were associated with your substance use. There are many opportunities to meet people in group meetings and develop healthy, sustainable, and sober relationships.

Addiction is complicated, which is why a proven approach to treating it is critical for full recovery. Cypress Lakes Lodge provides excellence in addiction treatment. Do not wait. You can save your own life. You are worth saving.

Cypress Lakes Lodge offers treatment for substance and behavior addiction and mental health conditions in a peaceful environment. The focus is on physical, mental, and emotional well-being by crafting the balance of life-enriching treatment, wellness, and healthy relationships that are sustainable. Call us to get started: 877-938-1577