One big part of recovering from a addiction to alcohol or drugs is to attempt to make amends for the past mistakes, guilt, embarrassment, shame or harm that you caused as a result of your active addiction to substances.
However, we often don’t even realise that our behaviour is harmful or negative toward ourselves or others until we enter recovery. As our mind becomes clearer once again, we begin to see the scale of damage that we’ve caused to ourselves, as well as all of the relationships we damaged with family, friends, colleagues, employers and others.
This article will help guide you through the process of making amends with others, working fellowships steps 8 & 9 and overcoming the damage that’s been done as a direct result of your substance use.
Grieving the loss of an addiction is a very common and powerful experience that all too often goes unacknowledged. Once you’re in recovery, it can feel almost blasphemous to talk about the parts of your addiction that made you happy, the things you miss and the things you mourn.
And yet, acknowledging the full reality of your addiction, the good and the bad, can be deeply healing and help you cope with the conflicting emotions so many feel during the recovery process. After all, drugs or alcohol were your constant companion, your coping mechanism, your escape route and your priority for many months, years or even decades.
Find out all you need to know, along with tips and ideas to make the most of this highly important occasion and a step in the right direction for your recovery.
Coming up over the next two days is our micro-series looking at overcoming trust issues and repairing infidelity in our relationships with others who may be still using, drinking or in recovery or those who help us as addicts, even if we are still using, drinking or in recovery.
It’s not easy, it takes a second to damage a relationship and time, effort and action to repair them.
These articles should be able to help you with that!…
If you have been clean and/or sober for approximately 90 days or more, you now need to put the tools that you learned in your early recovery to work toward maintaining your sobriety and avoiding relapse. That’s where the information contained within this article will benefit you most. You can also find links, suggestions, tools and techniques that will help your recovery.