How Do I Regain My Loved Ones’ Trust After Rehab?
After overcoming an addiction, you will need to regain the trust of family and friends. This will be difficult but is a necessary part of the recovery process. See Related Pages:
Mending Relationships After Treatment
Once you begin to have a more stable life, you will be able to think more clearly. One top priority should be regaining the trust of family and friends. Making amends to those you harmed while in your addiction is vital. Your loved ones will feel betrayed and hurt by your actions while in your addiction. They will need to time to heal even though you have begun the recovery process.
Your loved ones want to be able to trust you again. It will take patience and consistency on your part to be able to begin rebuilding the trust they deserve.
Tips to Restore Trust With Loved Ones
To begin rebuilding trust with your family and friends, you have to trust yourself. You have to take the steps to actively change your lifestyle and prove to yourself that you can overcome the addiction. This will be difficult at times. But you can do it.
Keep Your Word
Keeping your word is extremely important. Anything you try to do to prove yourself to others will fail without honesty and follow through.
Your loved ones’ will be watching you closely. They will be watching to see if you keep your word. This is the chance you need to demonstrate to them that you are serious and have to the desire to change. Follow through with your after-care, keep all appointments, attend 12-step meetings, show up to work on time, and do everything in your power to be seen as a person of integrity.
Leave Lines of Communication Wide Open
In an attempt to hide their addiction, most people will withdraw from family and friends. They stop communication honestly and openly in an attempt to hide their actions. In order to rebuild the trust with your family and friends, you will have to begin to communicate openly and honestly. This will be uncomfortable at first but is an important step in the rebuilding process.
Share your feelings, fears, and hopes with your loved ones. You will alleviate much of the anxiety they experience as you continue with treatment and recovery. Family counseling will help you be able to identify dysfunctional family dynamics that can trigger a relapse or hinder a healthy recovery. Family counseling provides the whole family with the communication tools necessary to encourage productive and healthy relationships.
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Create a New, Healthy Routine
Any kind of addiction causes issues both physically and mentally. Family and friends are affected when they watch their loved spiral into the world of addiction. Once in recovery, you will be able to make a commitment to rebuild your health and show friends and family that you are serious about your sobriety by sticking to a routine.
Some healthy habits to add to your routine:
- Working out or taking a fitness class
- Keeping a regular sleep schedule
- Going to counseling or group therapy
- Maintaining a nutritious diet
As family and friends see your commitment to developing new, healthy lifestyle habits, they will feel encouraged that you are practicing a disciplined approach to rebuilding your life. By consistently following this new routine, you will be not only feel better physically and emotionally, but you will be regaining lost trust as well.
Restoring trust is a process that takes time and patience. During your addiction, you hurt those that you loved. It will take time for the memories they have of you to diminish. Eventually, new, happy memories can be made as you move forward in recovery.
“The reality is that it’s going to be a long process to earn [your loved ones’] trust back…you’re not going to be able to earn everybody’s trust in one day. You need to earn your own trust first and work from there.” – Niko McManus, MS, Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern
Get Help for Your Addiction Today
Now that you know how to regain trust after rehabilitation, it’s time to enroll in a treatment program. Mending relationships and lost trust is a normal part of the recovery process and this will encourage you to stay sober and maintain a healthy lifestyle.