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Relationships May Change in Treatment

Life is funny, and our casual connections may develop into relationships over time. There are various types of relationships you may have, whether it is a new connection or one that’s been in your life for an extensive period. Relationships can change over time due to experiences, influences, and personal growth. In the path of addiction recovery, it’s essential to know that relationships may change while you are in treatment.

The Concept of Growth and Relationships

Relationships provide companionship and can develop through spoken communication and unspoken language. However, there are many reasons why relationships develop and change. Sometimes relationships are changed by societal norms and pressure; there can be cause for concern when unspoken assumptions or outside influences affect our relationships.

Substance abuse is an external influence that can alter a relationship. Since substance abuse changes how we think and react, it’s par for the course for substance abuse to eventually change our relationships. When you’re going into treatment for addiction, you are changing your thoughts and behaviors. Because of the adjustment and development, connections can change within your immediate family as well as with friends and coworkers.

New Beneficial Relationships

Many relationships that may once have been a prominent aspect of your life could change or be left behind after entering treatment. At one point in your life, you may have had a misguided notion that other people can change, particularly if they are changing to reflect an unspoken wish on your part.

However, change is possible if someone goes through something that reshapes their experience and reestablishes their identity. When you live a life with substance abuse involved, you develop connections and relationships around that substance. However, when you eliminate substance abuse, you start to understand that relationships may change.

Some relationships will be left behind when you enter treatment because they may not be beneficial to your new path, or maybe they don’t support the person you are becoming. Some people may not want to be in a relationship with you anymore, and you may decide that you cannot be in a relationship with some people anymore.

Often we hear many individuals struggling with relationships simply because of their recovery journey. Know that those who want to see you live a healthier lifestyle will commit to progressing forward with you as you travel on your recovery journey.

At The Guest House, we understand that relationships will change in and out of treatment. You are making a considerable step towards building a healthier lifestyle. No one ever said that the path would be easy, but you don’t have to walk it alone. We want to inspire you to move forward in your life’s purpose while we help you overcome the difficulties of the recovery journey. If you struggle with substance abuse and want to build more beneficial relationships, call us today at (855) 483-7800.