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Recognizing and Managing Healthy, Functional Relationships in Recovery

During recovery, there are lots of skills you have to relearn. Knowing how to manage and maintain healthy relationships is crucial, but what exactly does it mean? Recognizing beneficial relationships is critical to success in recovery and sobriety; like all other parts of the recovery journey, these skills are learned through practice. Relationships are vital to your health and happiness. When you have other people in your life, you have a purpose, which makes your life more meaningful and worth living.

How Do You Learn to Find Healthy Relationships?

Finding healthy relationships and new peers is difficult but not impossible. Seek out people who are as focused as you on remaining sober and staying on the path of sobriety. You can meet new friends in recovery in many places, including:

  • Support groups and group therapy
  • Religious organizations
  • Team sports
  • Volunteering in your community
  • Joining a club related to a sober activity, such as sports or a hobby

Why Relationships Are Beneficial to Your Recovery

Your relationship with yourself plays a powerful role in your recovery. Recovery is where you explore your hidden ideas and thoughts and dive deep to release everything that doesn’t support your recovery goals. Your relationship with others allows you to have companionship, support when you need it, and someone to encourage your journey. Relationships support peer activity and help when you need someone.

What Are the Qualities of a Healthy Relationship?

A healthy relationship is a safe place, and knowing what qualities to look for is worth learning. A healthy relationship often includes the following qualities:

  • Supports your recovery goals completely
  • Provides mutual respect and understanding
  • Is respectful of the health and welfare of each other
  • Makes you feel happy and well
  • Fosters safe communication
  • Encourages you
  • Understands boundaries
  • Is trustworthy and reliability
  • Improves your self-esteem
  • Makes you feel safe
  • Makes you feel supported
  • Gives you peace, and it feels contented
  • Adds value to your days and your life

A good relationship will encourage and help you be your best self. Healthy relationships require time to grow and a firm commitment. A foundation of trust, respect, caring, and kindness are the cornerstone of the entire journey.

A critical part of recovery is surrounding yourself with positive, healthy relationships. When you decide to get help for your substance use disorder (SUD), it changes your life and boosts your mental health. On the road to recovery, the relationships that will help you the most and lift you up are the healthy relationships with like-minded peers. When you find a good relationship, it will include trust, encouragement, and support and allow you to ask for help when you need it without fear of rejection. The Guest House understands that recovery is challenging. Call (855) 483-7800 for help today.