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Healthy Relationships in Recovery

Oftentimes when one is suffering from addiction, relationships suffer as well. Unfortunately, you may have had unhealthy habits that impacted your family relationships, friendships, and even the relationship with your significant other. Making amends is an important factor in the process of recovering from an addiction and maintaining healthy relationships in recovery is vital to long-term sobriety.

The Importance of Relationships in Recovery

Building healthy relationships can be your way of staying and keeping sober – yes, relationships are that important. The opposite of addiction is connection.1

Healthy relationships in recovery can bring:

  • Emotional support
  • Accountability for behavior
  • Physical bonds and connection
  • Motivation and incentive to stay sober

To begin developing healthy relationships in recovery, you can participate in mutual support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, religious organizations, and recreational organizations. Your licensed mental health counselor will recommend building relationships with people who don’t drink or use drugs.

Improving Family Relationships & Friendships by Making Amends

Forgiving yourself is the first step of being able to rebuild the relationship you may have broken with your family and friends. Knowing that you deserve love and will be loved allows yourself to open back up and become lovable again. Apologizing and asking for forgiveness is the way to begin making amends with the people you may have hurt in the past. Be sure to demonstrate desire, positivity, and confidence to prove you’re working towards a new way of life.

Signs of An Unhealthy Relationship

Unhealthy and toxic relationships can leave one feeling sad, hopeless, and neglected, which can lead to relapse. Signs of an unhealthy relationship include:

  • Passive-aggression
  • Abuse (physical, emotional, sexual)
  • Control
  • Lack of trust
  • Discouragement
  • Manipulation
  • Blaming
  • Fighting

Signs of a Healthy Relationship

Healthy relationships provide security and joy. They bring out the best in people, reminding them that they’re loved. This feeling of support is essential to maintaining long-term sobriety. Signs of a healthy relationship include:

  • Respect
  • Stability
  • Comfort
  • Honesty
  • Loyalty
  • Compromise
  • Communication
  • Trust
  • Care

How to Build Healthy Relationships

Our mental health counseling specialists are here to help you establish and form connections to help maintain optimal health and wellness after recovery. Upon completion of counseling at our Pompano treatment center, you’re ready to rebuild the relationships that have been broken while you were suffering from your addiction. Contact Portner Counseling Group to get help begin building what is broken today.



  1. Mental Help – The Social Connection Theory of Addiction