Recovery is a process that is personal. Of course, those aware of your history can feel like they are prying, whether they’re well-meaning or just plain curious. Your sobriety has become part of their story too.
While understandable and expected, their interest can be stressful. It’s challenging enough to go through rehab for alcohol or drug addiction and make it to where you are today. The added pressure from the people in your life can add another layer of strain to the steps you’re so bravely taking.
As you wonder what others think about you, staying on track can test your strength. For the sake of your sobriety, it’s time to look inward and ignore their “What ifs?” and worries. This is your journey, even when all eyes are on you.
Questions Come, Answers Are Optional
Understand that your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers are interested. It’s human nature to be inquisitive, even if you find their interference a burden. Most people do have your best interest at heart, so think positively. Address their questions as you see fit, or politely decline to reveal anything you’re uncomfortable with.
As much as their concern may irk you, it can also be helpful in getting you through your recovery. Be smart enough to listen and strong enough to say what’s on your mind. You may choose not to confide in even your closest friends. On the flip side, your sobriety could be easier when you embrace outside encouragement. Sit down one-on-one or gather a group—whatever makes you the most comfortable is the right choice.
Take It Day by Day
Take each day as it comes; that’s what sobriety and recovery are all about. Your loved ones and acquaintances may tend to see the big picture, not realizing that every moment of every day is a milestone for you. They will witness ups and downs, triumphs and trying times. They’ll congratulate you and air their concerns. Some may even doubt you at times. When you notice negativity, harness it as a source of energy. People want you to win, but skepticism could cloud their confidence in you.
We can’t control what others feel, say, and do. But we do have the power to push off pressures and manage our patience. When you can do that, your day-to-day will be so much more doable.
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