Empathy is a way of engaging with other people in relationship, including family, friends and colleagues. It plays an essential role in helping relate to emotions of others. It can also bridge the gap between treatment and recovery of relationships due to addiction. Consider why empathy matters for recovery and how to tap into its potential.
What is Empathy
Throughout recovery, a person may experience many different emotions. Although learning to express empathy may be seen as challenging at first, it can be built up over time as person heals from addiction. The role of empathy is to leave behind self-centered thoughts and feelings to focus outside of oneself. With the help of an addiction counselor and a commitment to change, a person’s life can return to emotional stability over time. Group and individual therapy can also provide lots of support to guide a person going forward. The first step towards working on empathy is to become aware of emotions below the surface.
Empathy is a great tool for living a life filled with purpose and meaning. It helps the self-healing process and leads to healthy relational exchanges. The applications for empathy in treatment can include:
- Avoidance of repetitive behaviors and thoughts
- Improvement of communication skills which leads to less conflict
- Gaining a deeper understanding and level of compassion
- Elimination of selfish acts and desires
- Empowerment of empathic listening instead of rash judgments
Finding a Therapist
One of the most important qualities in a therapist is the ability to listen closely and attentively to one’s feelings. A good therapist should be sensitive to addiction recovery modalities and understand how and why a person struggles with addiction and is empower to overcome it. It can take time to find the right place and people to support therapeutic approaches to addiction. It is worth taking the time to find a place that is comfortable but challenges the individual to push past personal boundaries to seek something greater.
At Cypress Lakes Lodge, we bring integrative therapies to life during treatment. Our unique vision of synergizing holistic and therapeutic treatment creates an effective treatment program for addiction and dual diagnosis issues. Call us today for more information, at 1-409-331-2204.