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How Can I Talk About My Recovery With Others?

When you’re newly in recovery, finding the right words to talk about it can be challenging. It might feel like everyone is still getting over the shock of what you went through. Some people will understand almost immediately, while others may take a while to warm up to the idea. They might not know how to respond when you tell them that your life is different now, but for the better. You no longer struggle with drug or alcohol addiction and instead have a new lease on life because of your recovery.

It can sometimes feel like other people are left speechless by this news, and you may wonder how you can broach the subject without making people feel uncomfortable. However, there are ways to talk about your experience that won’t seem awkward or cause other people to worry about your well-being.

A Treatment Center Can Help

The Guest House is an excellent example of a treatment center that can give you the tools you need to reenter the outside world. One-on-one therapy, group therapy, and psychodrama, offered at The Guest House, can help you practice opening up about your recovery.

Plan Accordingly

Think about who you want to tell and why. Is this a person you trust with a personal detail about your life? Is it an employer that needs to know? Is it a family member or friend you’re afraid might pressure you to engage in a life of substance abuse again? Figure out who you are comfortable with knowing about your recovery. If you are worried you don’t have anyone in your life who you are certain will be a source of support, then consider joining a support group.

Prepare for the Worst & Hope for the Best

People can surprise you. Just when you think you know how someone will react to the news that you are in recovery, they can do the exact opposite. Be prepared for a negative response and remind yourself that their issue prevents them from being supportive, not yours.

It’s No One’s Business but Yours

If you think you have to share your recovery with someone, you might be wrong. Your recovery is your business. Whatever is healthiest for you and your recovery is always the right choice. Don’t feel pressured to share unless you’re ready.

It would be nice to know that reentering the world after choosing a path of recovery is easy. Unfortunately, some aspects will always seem daunting to us. Sharing your recovery with others is something you all have to confront eventually. Remember, no matter how someone reacts, the news of your recovery is always good news. Always be proud of your choice to embrace a happier, healthier life.

Some people in our lives will be curious about our sudden disinterest in substances we previously abused. Our employers or coworkers may be working off old information while watching our new behavior with a wary eye. Eventually, we might have to discuss our recovery with some or all of these people. But we don’t have to do it alone. The Guest House can give you the tools and support you need to be prepared for any difficult situation and, more importantly, to deal with the result of the conversation. Call (855) 483-7800 for more information.