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How Can I Communicate Better in Recovery?

woman learns strategies to communicate better in recovery

Communication is something that is vital. Unfortunately, not everyone has good communication skills. This is especially the case when talking to someone about recovery from substance use. If you are struggling with communication and are wondering how you can communicate better in your recovery, you’ve come to the right place!

Communicating Better

When the topic of substance use, sobriety, or recovery comes up, many people become uncomfortable. You can see it in their posture, their facial expressions, and their words. Although these are difficult conversations, they are important conversations that need to be had. Developing a true connection with someone increases understanding, compassion, and knowledge. Everyone can learn to communicate more effectively. Here’s how…

Ask Questions

One thing you can do to further a conversation is to ask questions. Once you ask a question, it’s important to be a good listener. This means being attentive and not interrupting the other person. People like it when someone shows interest in what they are saying. Remember this and ask meaningful questions.

Have Open Dialogue

It isn’t enough to just ask questions. The questions you ask should be open-ended questions. Open-ended questions are ones that do not have a simple “yes” or “no” answer. With these types of questions, the person is able to expand and open up in their response.

Comfort Zones

It’s important to be able to read the room. If you can tell the person is feeling uncomfortable with the questions you are asking, don’t grill them. Take a step back and realize when something is a sensitive situation and don’t press the person if they don’t want to talk about certain things. This promotes a respectful and healthy conversation. This also goes the other way. If you are feeling uncomfortable, know your comfort zone so that you don’t end up over-sharing things you didn’t want to talk about.


A good conversation is all about give-and-take. Notice the other person’s body language, then notice your own. If you’re asking questions, give the other person the space to ask you a question. If the conversation falls silent for a few moments, don’t panic. It doesn’t have to constantly be flourishing. Lastly, allow the other person to be themselves and expect the same of yourself. Healthy conversations are always about give-and-take.

The Arbor Behavioral Healthcare is here to help you with your interpersonal relationship skills. We can help you further the conversation that’s important to you. Call us today for more information about our programs at (844) 413-2690.