When talking about your recovery, there are several ways of discussing it. It’s important to remember the following: Don’t be defensive, resist change or be hard on yourself when talking about your recovery. Keeping these things in mind will make it easier for you to discuss your recovery with others.
Communication Is Key To Recovery
Having effective communication skills is vital for recovery. It helps to ensure that your brain receives the right messages and that those around you are aware of your emotions. Good communication means understanding what the other person needs and saying it in a way that does not make the other person feel attacked. Moreover, it means that you have the ability to listen to what the other person is saying and paraphrase it.
Even the simplest gestures can make all the difference in a crisis. Non-judgmental gestures, open body language, and non-judgmental gestures can make people feel heard and understood. Non-judgmental gestures and body language show that you are actively listening. They let people know you care about their feelings and are open to hearing their concerns.
Avoid Being Defensive
Recognizing when you are defensive is the first step in overcoming defensiveness. Recognizing when you become defensive can help you avoid it and may even help you to defuse situations. Moreover, recognizing your defensive reaction will allow you to be more compassionate. For example, you might be able to show more compassion if you recognize that you were surprised by their comments.
Remember that defensiveness often stems from feelings of insecurity and fear. For example, it can be a coping mechanism after early childhood trauma. It can also be a response to inability to assert yourself.
Avoid Resisting Change
When it comes to recovery, one of the most important things to remember is to stay open-minded and willing to accept changes. Recognize that fear and uncertainty are normal and necessary. Trying to ignore them will only make it harder to accept the changes. Instead, try to understand why these emotions are present and how you can avoid them.
It is important to remember that resistance will always exist at some point during the change process. Recognize resistance and plan for it. This is the best way to avoid it. This will help you to reduce resistance and increase your chances for success.
Avoid Being Hard On Yourself
It is important that you are kind to yourself even when you’re in the middle or final stages of your recovery. Be aware of your own shortcomings. If you notice patterns in your behavior, this may mean that you need to adjust your action plan and try different coping methods.
Discussing your recovery process with others can help you highlight your progress and motivate you to keep going. Sometimes it can be hard to admit that you are still in treatment if you are subject to pressure from others or circumstances. You might also need to take time to reflect on situations which re-incite your urge to use.
Communicating With Loved Ones
It is essential to communicate your recovery process with loved ones in order to maintain a healthy relationship. When you’re trying to recover from substance abuse or addiction, it’s important to keep open lines of communication. It is important to share your past and triggers with loved ones. This will allow them to be aware of any negative emotions and patterns that may be part of your recovery.
While it can be difficult to discuss your recovery with loved ones, you should try to keep the communication constructive. You can do this through letters and joint counseling sessions. These communication methods will help you rebuild your relationship. You should be aware that your loved one may feel a lot of emotions while in rehabilitation. Therefore, it is important to be supportive and not negative when communicating with them.