Choosing to pursue your sobriety is a huge step, although the process isn’t always easy. Since beginning your road to recovery, you may have found that some friends and family members are hesitant to let you back into their lives. Here, we’ll discuss how to rebuild trust with loved ones following recovery. With plenty of patience, understanding, and communication, you can begin to feel secure in your relationships once again.
If you need a safe space to stay sober, our sober living environment at The Sanctuary Recovery Foundation may be right for you. Contact us and learn how we can help.
Stick With Your Recovery Plan
Above all else, it’s imperative that you stick with your recovery plan. You need to show your loved ones that you are serious about and putting the work towards maintaining your sobriety. Seeking recovery signals that you are aware that you had a problem and are ready and willing to fix it.
Form a Routine of Healthy Habits
Keeping a strict routine is a key part of working towards your sobriety. A routine will provide you with stability and help you focus on staying on track. In addition to completing your daily responsibilities, also fill your time with healthy activities, such as recovery meetings and exercise. This will further show your loved ones your commitment to your sobriety and total lifestyle change.
Make Yourself Accessible
With a steady routine in place, loved ones can more easily keep up with your schedule, lessening the worry as to where you are and what you’re doing. You should make your loved ones know that you are accessible to them and that they can reach out at any time. You should also connect with your loved ones consistently and make yourself available when they want to talk. Communicating openly and often is extremely necessary for rebuilding trust.
Understand How to Communicate
In addition to communicating frequently, it’s important to know how to communicate with your loved ones to gain back their trust. Consider the following communication tips:
- Be transparent. Always be upfront and honest with your loved ones. Keeping secrets and lying will only come back to haunt you, and it will remind family and friends of your former bad habits.
- Don’t make promises you cannot keep. When you don’t fulfill your promises, it makes you appear unreliable. Set boundaries and know what you can do for others and yourself while you’re recovering.
- Don’t get defensive. When discussing your situation, it’s important to put yourself in the shoes of your loved ones rather than getting defensive with them. Try to understand where they’re coming from and be sensitive to what they’re feeling.
Consider The Sanctuary Recovery Foundation
We hope you better understand how to rebuild trust with loved ones following recovery. Remember that building trust takes time—it doesn’t happen overnight. But, if you put in the work, you’ll find yourself reconnecting with your loved ones once again.
If at any point you feel that you need assistance pursuing your sobriety, The Sanctuary Recovery Foundation is here for you. A sober living environment will allow you to recover in a supportive, understanding community. To learn more, contact us to discover how we can provide the help you need.