The disease of addiction can be very damaging to personal and family relationships. It can be difficult for those around you to trust you because of your behaviors while abusing alcohol or drugs. Fortunately, it is possible to regain trust after addiction treatment if you are committed to working on it, just like you are committed to working on your sobriety. The first step to show your parents, siblings, and friends you are serious about regaining their trust is to get help with your substance abuse disorder through addiction treatment. When your loved ones can see you want help with your addiction, it can lay the foundation for rebuilding trust.
Restoring trust takes time and is not going to happen overnight. You need to realize that some family members and friends may remain guarded and not ready to fully trust you because of what you put them through during your substance abuse.
No matter how much you want to rebuild trust with your family or friends, it is not entirely up to you. The damage you caused could have hurt those you care about the most. They may not yet be ready to forgive you or want to commit to rebuilding a relationship with you. If they are not ready, do not force them but let them know you are willing to work on it when they are ready.
You Can Show Them Better Than You Can Tell Them
It is essential to show those you care about that you can be trustworthy through your actions. Unfortunately, you may have made empty promises while abusing substances. So, it can be difficult for your family and friends to believe what you say. For example, if you are going to a meeting and will be home at a particular time, go to your meeting and be home on time. You could even invite your parents or friends to the meeting so they can see that you are being honest.
Consistent Behavior Re-Builds Trust
Consistency is key to regaining trust after addiction treatment. You can show your family and friends consistency by sticking to an established daily routine and arriving on time for any social commitments you make.
Taking The First Step To Restoring Trust
The first step in regaining many people’s trust is taking your addiction issues seriously and admitting yourself into a treatment program or moving into a sober living environment. At The Anthony House, we aim to meet you where you are. Our homes are close to multiple AA and NA meeting places. Our residents will feel supported both at our homes, and within our community. Our goal is to make sure you find the right fit for your recovery. Utilizing the tools you were taught in treatment and meetings allows our residents to build a strong foundation for a healthy, sober lifestyle. For more detailed information about our services and expectations here at the Anthony House, contact us at (651) 334-2395 today.