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5 Strategies for Healthy Family Communication

Communication is a key element to maintaining healthy relationships with others. It’s important to convey thoughts, ideas, and feelings in any relationship by using any form of communication. We communicate with co-workers, friends, partners, and even strangers. In a family with a loved one who is an addict, it is imperative to develop and maintain healthy family communication. Here are 5 strategies for healthy family communication:

  1. Stay positive. It’s easy to feel resentment and anger toward the addict and that can be harmful to healthy communication. When there is an addict in your family, it affects you emotionally, mentally, and physically.
  2. Be patient. It seems impossible to get back to a life of normalcy. It will happen, but it takes time to heal from the chaotic, uncontrollable life you are now living.
  3. Avoid shaming. Allow enough time to heal and do not shame the addict with negative comments and accusations. It can be harmful to someone who is trying to get help with his or her addiction. Most likely, they already feel guilt, low self-esteem, and unworthy of being forgiven for their reckless behavior.
  4. Acknowledge accomplishments. Everyone loves to be recognized for his or her accomplishments, and this applies to an addict on the path to recovery. Each step they take may seem minor, but for someone living with a disease such as addiction, each step in the right direction is a major accomplishment. They deserve acknowledgement and commendation for each day they are substance free. One day is extremely difficult to get through for someone living with addiction.
  5. Be supportive. Letting an addict know that you care for and love them will help them in their recovery. Communicate your feelings to reinforce support. Don’t put a guilt trip on the addict, they have a long road ahead of them. Family support lets the addict know that they are loved and will strengthen family relationships as the addict recovers. Remember, the addict must retrain themselves back to their old life before addiction.

When family develops a strategic communication plan, the healing process becomes more manageable for everyone and strengthens family relationships. Healthy communication is necessary for family relationships and rebuilds trust and honesty for everyone involved.

The Serenity Recovery Center at Encino Medical Hospital is offering your loved ones a new way to begin their journey of recovery. Excellent clinical care, medical management, and the highest levels of comfort are our priority at Serenity. Call us today for information: 866.294.9401