New Jersey addiction treatment center, Summit Behavioral Health, helps people who have been through treatment understand some of the responses they may receive when talking about their experience.
When You Get Out of Treatment
Now that you are out of treatment, you may be wondering if you should let people know. Ultimately, the choice of whether or not to tell is yours. If you decide to share it is important to keep in mind some points regarding the possible responses you may receive.
Some people may not be accepting. No matter who you are, what you do, or how much you have overcome, there will be people who will not be accepting or supportive of your recovery. They may try to dissuade you from talking about it or ignore it altogether. The thing to remember is that you really don’t need anyone’s acceptance. While in recovery, you will find out who your supporters are – stick with them.
You can’t control what other people think. You can’t (and shouldn’t try to) control what someone else thinks. Attempting to will only cause them frustration and cause you disappointment. When you are able to accept that, you will be able to decide whether what they think is something you can live with and continue the relationship, or if it’s best to end it.
You probably won’t change anyone’s mind about it, but time might. If you have friends that think negatively about you being in recovery, or having had a drug or alcohol problem in the first place, it isn’t likely that you will be able to change their mind by explaining it to them. What may change their mind is seeing you working your recovery over time. When someone can see what recovery is all about, rather than just hear about it, they are more likely to change their thinking.
Tell yourself the truth. Along with the last point, you have to tell yourself the truth about your recovery. You know your own story and your progress in recovery. You know that being in recovery is a very positive thing, despite how hard it can sometimes be. Hold onto the fact that you are moving in the right direction in getting your life back, you’re brave and strong, and have a lot of perseverance.
About Summit Behavioral Health
Summit Behavioral Health offers drug and alcohol addiction treatment for patients in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. Contact them today at 1-844-643-3869, to get started on the road to recovery.
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