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Regaining Trust in a Relationship after Drug Addiction

Regaining trust in a relationship after drug or alcohol rehabilitation treatment demands work and effort from both sides.

With hard work from both you and your partner it is possible to repair your relationship. However, it means patience on your part, and an open mind and zero resentment from your loved one.

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Regaining Trust after Addiction Treatment

In this article, our alcohol and drug rehabilitation centre shares a few guidelines to help you regain the trust of your loved one.

1. Be Patient

It’s very possible that during your drug or alcohol addiction you caused your loved one significant pain and stress.

You may have been abusive, lied or stolen from them and expecting immediate forgiveness and trust is unreasonable.

Trust doesn’t happen immediately and this can become discouraging for someone in recovery and often leads to relapse.

It’s important to always communicate with your loved one and to attend NA or AA meetings where you can talk to others who are currently or who have experienced the same frustrations.

You’ll be surprised how beneficial and comforting it is to know others are going through the same hardships that you are.

Be patient and take each day as it comes.

2. Prove your dedication

Trust is built and gained over time.

The old saying ‘actions speak louder than words’ talks directly to rebuilding trust.

Make sure the people you hurt during your addiction know that you are sorry for the way you behaved and that you are working on yourself and trying to change your life.

Practicing honesty and dedication to your recovery by attending meetings and working through your step work will also help show your loved ones that you are trying.

3. Always remember your recovery

Addiction relapse is always a possibility, especially in the beginning of your recovery. It’s crucial that you understand even though you are trying to make up for your past, your recovery also demands your attention.

Work through the steps in your 12 step programme. The 12 step programme will task you with making amends to those you may have hurt during your substance abuse, while also allowing you to focus on your personal recovery.

4. Couples/Family Therapy

Having someone to mediate while your loved one and yourself work through your past mistakes can be extremely beneficial.

The time after your addiction treatment can be fragile and it needs to be treated delicately. Couples therapy can help to prevent the situation from worsening.

Additionally, a therapist not only mediates conflicts, they also give the addict a stronger voice because while your words might not resonate with your loved one, your therapist’s will.

During the 3rd week of addiction treatment at Step Away Rehabilitation Centre, we encourage both family and loved others to attend the family session offered. It’s paramount to the treatment programme as family and loved ones play a major role in the recovery process.

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It’s important to be patient with your recovery and with your loved ones. Becoming frustrated will only worsen the situation.

Regaining trust takes time and effort, and if both yourself and your loved ones are willing to put in the effort you will be able to repair your relationships.

For more information about our rehabilitation centre or treatment programmes, please contact us.

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