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Addiction can often seem very isolating. Opening up to your loved ones about your addiction may seem frightening and overwhelming. If you are nervous about having a conversation about your addiction, work with a mental health professional to feel better prepared. You are not alone; many people find it difficult to talk about their addiction. Here are a few tips to help you begin your conversation.

Be Open and Honest

Try to be open and honest about your addiction as well as straightforward and direct. If your loved ones have never experienced addiction, they probably do not know what it has been like for you. As you begin to open up, you may notice that your relationships and bonds with those individuals begin to grow and strengthen. Recovery is a lifelong process, and it is often a good idea to have a strong support circle as you work through your challenges.

Ask For the Help You Need

Talk to your loved ones about how you would like them to support you through your journey. Talk to them about the professional help you either are currently receiving or would like to receive. Everyone is on a unique journey and requires different levels and forms of support. Explain to them how they can help and support your journey.

Talk About Your Goals

If you have set goals for yourself, explain what they are. Talk about where you hope to see yourself a year from now, ten years from now. Your loved ones will be better understand what you are striving for if they know the goals you have in mind.

Don’t Be Ashamed

Remember your self-worth. It takes great courage to admit that you have a problem and need support. That is a huge step, and you should be proud of taking that step. Don’t be ashamed that you are facing these struggles and challenges;¬†instead, be proud that you are seeking the help you need.

Telling your loved ones that you are struggling with addiction can be frightening. Do not be ashamed that you are facing your struggles. Be open and honest about your addiction and explain any plans for treatment that you have set. Talk about your goals and the type of support you would like from your family. Here at The Guest House, we understand that taking that first step can be scary. We are here to support you through every step of your recovery. Call us today to learn more about our treatment options at (855) 483-7800.