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How Do I Know if I’m Sharing Too Much About My Addiction Story?

How Do I Know if I’m Sharing Too Much About My Addiction Story?

It is difficult to know what, when, and even if to tell the story of your addiction and recovery. One of the challenges is how to know if you are oversharing the story. The truth is, there are times to share and times to hold back (just a bit). It all depends on circumstances and personal preference but also no other things like societal norms of what is okay to share as well.

Need to Know

If you are new to sober living, you may be wrestling with figuring out how to tell the story of your addiction and recovery. You may ask:

  • Should neighbors know?
  • Will kids want to play with my kids if the parents know?
  • Should my employer know?
  • Can I get fired?

Ultimately, you have to make your very personal decision and be comfortable with revealing the details of your journey. Even while trying to figure out your own comfort level, the following guidelines may be helpful as you make the decision.

Some People, Sometimes

Find a few trusted people with whom you can share the story initially. This can be family, friends, a sponsor, or counselor. You don’t have to share with everyone but it i helps to have some people to share it with. Sobriety is not about spilling your guts to everyone, it is also about holding back when appropriate and sharing when you feel ready.

Sobriety is Not Silence

The anonymous groups like AA or recovery programs can feel like you have to keep quiet when not in the room with those people. However, you can share your story as much as you choose, so long as you aren’t sharing anyone else’s stories. Support groups encourage sharing your own story.

Work and Recovery

Some circumstances may require disclosure of addiction recovery programs to an employer. You may have to adjust your schedule for treatment or  tell the boss what you need. Keep this in mind before speaking with your boss:

  • Don’t tell all the details
  • Focus on the future and how treatment has helped you focus
  • Seek help including health benefits that may cover treatment
  • Document and record the conversation of who was present and when it was discussed

There is no official manual for how to handle this hard walk through life. This process is very personal. If you want to share widely on social media, go ahead. Beware of oversharing to the point it may harm your ability to get hired for work. If you fill people in on your journey, keep your head high and tell them how far you’ve come. Don’t dwell on the past. Focus on the future and the new goals you have for your life moving forward.

Your journey of recovery is unique to you and special. We can help you recover from addiction and seek the resources you need to get clean and discern next steps for your journey. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401