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Struggling with addiction and mental health issues often leads to chaotic relationships full of conflict and stress. Whether those relationships are romantic, family, or friendships, trust can be something that is hard to find. Addiction affects far more people than simply the addict, and trust is a two-way street. Many times an addict feels shame about their past or the choices they have made. They have a hard time trusting others to not pass judgment, or to not simply reject them. They also fail to trust themselves, often leading to very closed-off encounters with others. Learning to take those walls down is a process and one that takes time and energy. 

Start Small

Learning to trust is a process. It is not something that can be done overnight. It is something that takes effort and looking within to discover where these issues may be stemming from. It may be helpful to start small. Work with a professional to begin to discover where you lost your trust, what may be triggering, and where there may be fear. Many people discover they were avoiding certain things and suppressing issues. These things often lead to feeling closed off and distrust. 

Be Realistic

It may be challenging to begin to change how you think and feel. Learning to trust yourself and others will take real effort and time. It won’t be easy, but it will definitely be worth it. Finding the right professional can make all the difference. A successful therapy session happens when a person feels comfortable and heard. Ultimately building trust with the therapist can open a great dialogue about trusting yourself and trusting those in your life. Becoming vulnerable takes a good amount of courage. It is scary to be open and honest, to invite others to see what is challenging you, and to trust that they will not judge you. However, that courage can lead to a great many wonderful things. 

Learning to trust is a process. It is something that takes time and energy. It takes courage to take down walls and challenge ourselves to look deep and be open. If someone is struggling with addiction or mental health, trust can be a real challenge. Working with a professional can help start the process of looking inside and finding the skills needed to be able to trust again. Being vulnerable with those around you can be hard, and it can be even more challenging to be vulnerable with a complete stranger. However, working with a professional can help you learn to trust that others will not simply judge you, but ultimately support you and help you through your journey. Here at Guest House, we are here to support you through your struggles and help you to gain the tools and skills needed to learn to trust again. Call us at (855) 483-7800 for more information.