How to Handle Toxic Relationships in Recovery
Today’s discussion topic: Repairing relationships – and letting go of toxic ones – in early recovery from your drug or alcohol addiction. Zach and Michael Walsh 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 working to build healthier lives and relationships and 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.
ABOUT TODAY’S GUEST: LACEY DURHAM
Lacey Durham is a peer coach for Face It TOGETHER, an addiction wellness nonprofit 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.
- Medical Detox and Addiction Treatment at Landmark Recovery: Call 888-448-0302
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 800-273-8255
- 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: Call/text 988
- Domestic Violence Hotline: Call 800-799-7233
- Read: Letting Go of Toxic Relationships in Recovery
- Learn: 10 Tips for Staying Sober
- Read: When Should Someone in Recovery Start Dating?
[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 others 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.