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Building a Relationship With Yourself After Addiction

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Recovery from substance abuse and addiction requires a number of different commitments. One of the issues on which you will have to work is your relationships with people. How will treatment help you re-form these relationships with those around you? To get there, you must first repair the relationship with yourself.

Learning to Love Yourself

Having relationships with other individuals is going to be difficult when you are dealing with recovery from substance abuse and addiction. Therefore, you first need to work on your relationship with yourself. Through treatment, you will begin to realize that you are a person worth more than your substance abuse and addiction. By appreciating yourself, you will be able to appreciate others.

Forgiving Yourself

Part of the way you start building relationships is through forgiveness. You may have hurt individuals through your actions while suffering from problems with substance abuse and addiction But, don’t forget that you have, emotionally and physically, wounded yourself as well. During treatment, you’ll learn how to say sorry and how to deal with various individual relationships in your life. Don’t forget to apply these same methods to yourself.  Give yourself a chance for forgiveness – without it you won’t be able to ask for the forgiveness of others.

Establish a New Relationship With Yourself

While suffering from substance abuse and addiction, you may have chosen to see only certain aspects of your behavior or actions and may have felt like you weren’t being yourself when you were using. As a result, you should establish a new relationship with yourself. You are no longer hindered by substance abuse – you are in recovery and working towards long term goals.  Establish a healthy, positive relationship with yourself based on the mantra “I CAN.”  This will help you not only accept your past actions but establish a clear picture of the person you are and want to become throughout your recovery.

A Chance to Be Healthy

Look at the possibility of moving on as a chance to build a new life for yourself.  As you build your relationship with your body, mind and spirit after substance abuse and addiction treatment, give yourself a chance to be healthy.  Build positive eating and exercise habits into your new routines.  Positive choices beget other positive choices, so keep the momentum going.

After drug rehab treatment your world is full of possibilities. Start by creating a positive lifelong relationship with your substance-free self, you’ll be glad you did.

If you or a someone you love is having problems with substance abuse and addiction, a specialized treatment program may be the answer. Remember that recovery from addiction and alcohol abuse treatment means learning how to cope with intensely emotional situations and identifying when you need help and support. Treatment for addiction relapse, counseling and aftercare can help you do this, so please call us today.  Destination Hope is a full-service treatment facility in Florida for those who suffer from substance abuse and behavioral health issues.