Recovering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol involves more than simply refraining from using or abusing. To effectively build a new, sober lifestyle, you also need to repair relationships that may have been neglected during your addiction. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for addicts to distance themselves from friends and family members as their addiction takes center stage – becoming more important than everything and everyone else in their life.
Though, you can actively work towards rebuilding those relationships by improving your communication and listening skills. By attentively listening to what your loved ones are saying and truly seeking to understand them, you can strengthen important connections with others, rebuild your social network and restore your support system.
Become a Better Listener and Prioritize Your Relationships During Recovery: 3 Strategies
- Don’t interrupt or try to finish their sentences. If you’re having a conversation with someone, be mindful of the exchange. While you may get excited about the subject matter and feel the urge to interject (while they are still talking) you’re signaling to the other person that what they are saying isn’t important. Be considerate of others and show them the respect they deserve.
- Put your phone face down on the table or out of sight. According to the Pew Research Center, 92% of Americans own a mobile phone and keep it within arm’s reach most of the time. Though, if you are chatting with a friend or family member, give them your undivided attention to show that you are sincerely interested in what they say.
- Keep an open mind. If the conversation drifts into a topic where you might not find common ground, it’s important to seek to understand their point of view rather than jumping to conclusions. Instead of discounting their opinion, take the time to absorb their point of view. Even if you don’t agree, you can build relationships with others by simply giving them space to share their perspective.
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Overcoming an addiction to drugs or alcohol doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a process that includes learning new life skills, understanding your personal relapse triggers and carving out a new, sober lifestyle for yourself. At Infinity Malibu, we can help you safely detox, heal from addiction and discover strategies for navigating through life – while protecting your sobriety. Call (888) 266-9048 to learn more.