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Today’s discussion topic: Repairing relationships – and letting go of toxic ones – in early recovery from your drug or alcohol addiction. Zach and Michael interview Lacey, who struggled with an addiction to alcohol and other drugs for 20 years, found recovery, and now serves as a peer coach for individuals who are working to build healthier lives and relationships, as well as their families. They talk about having a plan when leaving rehab, finding a person or support group you can confide in, giving relationships time, and repairing your own self-esteem.

Lacey Durham is a peer coach for Face It TOGETHER, an addiction wellness nonprofit with locations in Sioux City Falls, South Dakota and Colorado Springs, Colorado. Face It TOGETHER is a disruptive social enterprise committed to solving our nation’s – and every community’s – greatest health challenge of chronic drug and alcohol addiction through peer coaching.


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[6:06] Preparing to leave rehab or your treatment program.

[6:50] Progress not perfection. Mentally preparing for if things don’t go according to plan, how to keep it from disrupting your recovery.

[8:32] Recognizing what you don’t have control over. For example, you can’t control how other people act or treat you.

[12:49] Mistakes after leaving treatment.

[13:10] Repairing relationships takes time.

[18:55] Whether or not to let go of a toxic relationship.

[20:40] Rebuilding and repairing your own self-esteem and sense of self worth.

About the Author

Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh currently serves as Director of Clinical Outreach for Landmark Recovery. Michael is a Certified Intervention Professional, holds a Master’s degree in counseling and works as a consultant and coach. With more than 25 years of experience in the behavioral health field, Michael has worked extensively with individuals and families and licensed professionals affected by complex issues. He is a current board member of the C4 Recovery Foundation and the past president and CEO of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. Michael has been an advocate for patient and families’ rights, has developed recovery programs at various levels of care, and influenced policy at national and international levels. He also is a sought-after speaker regarding behavioral health issues, treatment and recovery issues, and he advocates for change in the current systems of behavioral health, addiction, and mental health for individuals and families.

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