Building Strong Relationships Through Recovery
Relationships and recovery is such an incredibly profound subject because the two go hand in hand- you cannot have one without the other. This concept alone is a double edged sword because every individual’s life is made up of relationships and these bonds can be viewed as a blessing and a curse at the same time depending on the level of health and support available in each relationship. Most individuals maintain three standing relationships in their lifetime- the relationship with one’s self, the relationship with a higher power/ being and the relationship between a significant other or loved one. To fully grow throughout recovery from a mental health condition one most know how to properly navigate through the daily routine of recovery all the while maintaining healthy relationships between all three.
“I sought my soul but could no seek. I sought my God but he eluded me. Then I sought my brother and found all three.”
- The relationship with one’s self is the core of one’s healing and recovery. In order to fully start the recovery process and stay on track, one must know their own personal truths inside and out. One must be able to let go of the past that has burdened them with negativity and look forward to the bright future that awaits them with the turn of each and every day. It is easier to handle the daily pressures of relapse with the thoughts of “to thine own self be true”.
- The relationship with a higher power/ being is the spiritual connection between oneself and their spiritual beliefs. Most addicts find that they have lost their connection with God at some point in their addiction and by seeking this inner spiritual balance during recovery and sobriety they find the truth to their healing and can experience inner peace and control. It is often said, through biblical reference and spiritual guidance, that slippery souls need sober shoes.
- Once you have secured a strong relationship within yourself and incorporated spiritual guidance back into your life from a higher power, then you are able to move on to building an honest relationship with a loved one. True love between two individuals can be a powerful force in a person’s recovery but keeping a positive outlook can be difficult in the early phases. It is said that “those who abandon their dreams will discourage yours”, so make sure that your relationship with loved ones are based on a supportive and meaningful daily connection.
All relationships must be handled with care and aptitude whether or not you are in recovery from an addiction or mental illness, so protect your heart and soul at all costs. Remember that our first and last love is self love so be honest with yourself and true to your recovery and know when you are vulnerable or requiring help from an expert to keep you on your positive healing pathway. Also know that each day is a gift and it is up to you to un-wrap the potential of what may await you inside.