What Are Important Things to Know About the Alcoholic Relationship to Self and Others?

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When you’re struggling with alcoholism, you’re suffering from a disease that alters the way your brain works, and it makes you become a shadow of the person you once were. Because of your addiction to alcohol, you begin to destroy the relationships with the people who love you the most such as friends and family members. One of the other major issues is that alcoholism ruins your relationship with yourself as well, but there is hope. Through addiction treatment, you’ll learn how to repair the relationships with your loved ones as well as with yourself.

In treatment, you’re going to learn to understand the disease of addiction and how you became addicted in the first place. In order to start repairing your relationships, you need to have compassion and forgiveness for yourself by learning that you’re not a bad person, but you’re someone struggling with an illness. In order to repair your relationships with others, you’re going to have to learn a variety of different coping skills and have the willingness to change. Your relationships may not be repaired overnight, but as you continue to stay on the right path, you’ll begin to see how each day gets better.

Understanding Your Own Addiction

The disease of addiction is one that’s been misunderstood for many years, but even with what we now know about addiction, there’s still somewhat of a stigma. We have scientific evidence that addiction is a legitimate illness that alters the way your brain works. This is important to understand because, for many years, people believed that addiction was just the result of a moral failing as well as the lack of willpower. The reality is that the disease of addiction affects your prefrontal cortex in your brain, which is responsible for the following as well as more:

  • Impulse control
  • Empathy
  • Self-awareness
  • Morality
  • Logical decision making

Although this isn’t an excuse for what you’ve done, it starts to help you understand why you put the alcohol ahead of everything else in your life. The good news is that by staying sober and working through treatment, you’re going to learn how to repair your brain and become a better person. Through the various forms of individual and group therapy, you’ll be able to go from selfish to selfless and start helping those who are in your life. A great place to start is in addiction treatment as you begin to support others who are on their recovery journey as well, and this will help you start building a sense of self-worth.

Repairing Relationships With Loved Ones

For most people, alcohol has been a solution to all of their problems, but the reality is that it’s a source of all of your problems today. You may have started drinking as a way to cope with the stresses of dealing with friends and family members. Maybe you’re a people pleaser, and you’re struggling with setting up healthy boundaries have made you turn to alcohol. You may also be someone who struggles with holding onto anger and resentments, and this makes you lash out on the people who love you the most.

In treatment, you’re going to work with a therapist to start getting to the core of your issues that affect your relationships with yourself as well as others. You’re going to learn the importance of letting go as well as forgiveness. You’re going to be able to learn how to forgive yourself for what you’ve done in the past, and this will help you learn how to forgive others as well. You will also learn healthier ways to communicate with the people in your life, and this will put you on the right track to repairing your relationships.

Recovery Requires Patience

One of the most important lessons of recovery is to learn patience because the relationships with yourself and loved ones will take time. You will realize that you’ve been doing harm for months or even years, so it’s going to take time for everyone involved to heal. As long as you continue to stay sober one day at a time and try to be a better person, the people in your life will begin to start trusting you again and see the effort that you’re putting into your recovery. As you continue on this journey, you’ll also begin to love yourself more and have the confidence that you can stay sober and live an amazing life.

If you’re ready to begin your sobriety and start repairing your relationships, give us a call today at 888-380-0342 and allows us to help you find the treatment center that’s right for you.

Just Believe Recovery is a fully licensed, Joint Commission accredited, comprehensive drug and alcohol treatment center located in Carbondale, Pennsylvania

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