Burning Bridges During Addiction Recovery

Getting sober requires a change in lifestyle, and part of this change means burning bridges with people who are not conducive with your sobriety.  When you are in the throes of addiction, it is often easiest to maintain relationships with other addicts. These relationships could be with romantic partners, friends, or colleagues, and their codependent nature can be a serious obstacle to your recovery.  You may find that you are met with negativity or even made fun of when you express your desire for recovery to these people, and that is how you know that it is time to cut ties.

Getting sober is a process of detoxification, and this includes a release of the toxic people in your life.  Toxic people are selfish, manipulative, and simply do not want what is best for you. In many cases the people around you who enjoy your company in addiction will resist your recovery because they are not ready to face their own demons.  It may be hard to walk away from people who you know are also struggling with this illness, but the only way to experience a successful recovery is to prioritize your sobriety above all. This may mean offering up a compassionate suggestion to a loved one to seek help, and then stepping away from them until they do.

Entering an addiction recovery program can serve as a reality check for your relationships.  Bonds we form under the influence of drugs and alcohol can feel intense in the moment, and in some cases, are merely exaggerated manifestations of a chemical reaction.  Any genuine emotions, be they romantic or otherwise, will still be there once the substances are taken out of the equation. Tell the people you love that you want to get and stay sober, and keep those who can’t handle your new future, in your past.

At Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals that understand addiction in all its forms.  The Arbor uses an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, and at The Arbor you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan.  We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit, so that you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us at 844-413-2690.