A guide for communicating with an addict about recovery

jblea1016.com

Gudie for helping assess reacovery readiness

After listening to so many families talk about their addict with anger and worry, I put together a flowchart that I feel can shortcut any Recovery-related communication process and minimize the anger that emerges from engaging in a conversation with an addict who’s still active within the addiction. Really, negative emotion fuels addiction and engaging an addict about recovery who isn’t ready is painful and frustrating. This chart may be able to help guide communication.

First off, this chart, like so many conversations with addicts, begins with emotion. The reality is that an addiction lives primarily through two (2) emotions: 1) Shame; and, 2) Anxiety. If an addict isn’t emotional, then there’s nothing upon which to act, as the addict is “stable” at that moment in time.

If the addict is emotional, then the number one attitude to look out for is humility. Without any doubt, an addict who’s readying…

View original post 308 more words

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s