While in treatment or recovery from an addiction, it is essential to evaluate your relationships and live a balanced, healthy lifestyle.
The people whom you spend your time with are significant. These people can influence your emotions and behaviors without you realizing it. To ensure you aren’t putting yourself in a situation that could hinder your progress, you should evaluate your social network.
Your network may love you, and they may mean well, but they may have habits or personality traits that aren’t good for you. There may be some history or bad blood under the surface. There are so many scenarios and reasons that time with certain people isn’t the best for you right now. Human relationships are complex. Part of your recovery journey is learning to love, care and build a relationship with yourself. During this time, it’s essential to evaluate your relationships with others and understand that some ties may need to be cut off for continuous and successful recovery.
If you are interested in recovery, it will be helpful to evaluate the quality of your relationships and social network(s). Ask yourself the following questions:
- Does your social network cause you to feel like a worthwhile and valuable human being?
- Do you feel you are a respected and appreciated member of the group?
- Do you feel a sense of belonging and attachment to your social group(s)?
- When the group makes decisions, does the decision-making process accept input from all its members?
- Do you feel confident that if you needed some help, this help would be available to you from your social group?
- Do you have fun, experience joy and laughter when spending time with this social group?
If you answered no to most or all of the items, it’s an indication that this particular social group is not the kind of support and friendship that you need. You may want to consider finding a new network or looking at ways to improve or repair the issues with this group.
Finding a group where you have a voice, feel respected and can have fun is very important to your health and wellbeing. Please note if you are in an extreme situation where you feel demeaned, criticized, or bullied, you need to disconnect from this group immediately.
Take the time to evaluate your social networks and may sure they are a source of support and not a hindrance for you. You deserve to live your best life. If you or a loved one is struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction, we are here to help.