Navigating Difficult Relationships

There are several different ways to move forward with people in your life who have a substance use disorder. Let’s look at four common strategies. You could find yourself wanting…

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Building Trust in Relationships

Trust is built through being open about your life. Hiding in the shadows and keeping secrets will erode confidence and damage the rebuilding process. Being open and willing to address the underlying issues will go a long way to restore trust. People want approval, but because they are afraid of being rejected, they will sacrifice honesty to protect themselves. Talking about your fear of rejection may help you reconnect with others and rebuild trust. In this lesson we will discover what builds trust and what blocks it. We’ll also explore some ways to get started rebuilding trust in your relationships.

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Close and Intimate Relationships in Recovery (COD Lesson)

As you move through your recovery journey and maintain sobriety, you may have noticed the complicated and multifaceted nature of recovery. Your addiction has likely had a negative impact on your health, job, finances, reputation, self-esteem, and mental health. You may have compromised, damaged, or destroyed friendships and family relationships along the way. Discover seven key ways to improve relational intimacy. This lesson will help you examine numerous ways that substance abuse and addiction damage relationships. You will also learn positive ways to interact with others and develop long-lasting, mutually-rewarding, and intimate relationships.

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Examining Codependent Relationships (COD Lesson)

This lesson describes the helping, rescuing, and enabling behaviors that define codependent relationships. In an effort to help a loved one, we often cringe when their actions bring unpleasant consequences. We wish we could interrupt the inevitable. Reducing the consequence for someone may appear helpful at first, but reducing the pain of a consequence often reduces the behavior change that a consequence is expected to bring. This lesson reveals eleven strategies to set personal limits, define your boundaries, and navigate difficult relationships successfully.

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Building Lasting Relationships (MH Lesson)

Relationships are not always easy to navigate, even under the best of circumstances. Every relationship takes work. Mental health disorders may make relationship issues more intense and difficult to manage. It is possible, with commitment and work, to make adjustments, correct serious difficulties, and build the relational closeness you desire. This lesson includes eight of the most common problems, along with encouragement and suggestions for change. Consider your relationship as a whole while you work through these pages. Some problems may relate to you and your partner, and some may not. Some may fit only you, and others may fit your partner. Explore the core issues and how you can work together to improve your relationship.

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Establishing Boundaries and Setting Limits (PowerPoint Presentation)

The boundary is necessary for healthy functioning and ultimately helps to keep people and relationships safe. This lesson will define what a boundary does and what it doesn’t do. Learn how to manage opposition to your boundaries and how to handle boundary violators. Additionally, this PowerPoint Presentation provides guidelines and tips to help you establish boundary lines clearly and respectfully.

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The Five R’s of Changed Thinking

Negative thoughts influence your feelings and actions and can drive your addiction. Automatic negative thoughts (ANTs for short) are those deeply-held, and often repeated, pessimistic thoughts that lead to intense…

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The Family Hurt by Addiction

Family Roles In Addiction This article examines family roles in addiction. Codependency Worksheets & Checklists Someone else’s substance use disorder does not exist in isolation. Their addiction affects friends, family,…

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Breakthrough Recovery Moments

Every journey, I suppose, has its starts and stops and ups and downs. Even the most successful recovery is not completely linear. There are some setbacks and delays along the…

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Worry Will Ruin Your Life

Mental Agony  Many people carry heavy loads of worry, fear, and anxiety. These issues interfere with emotional stability and can create other serious concerns. Anxiety can cause increased problems with…

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Feeling Confident

I Can’t Decide  When making decisions you might notice you are more unsure, insecure, and hesitant than you want to be. Being filled with doubt can make life much more…

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Rebuilding Trust (PowerPoint Presentation)

Rebuilding trust with someone is not just a decision to be made, it is a lifestyle change that requires consistent honesty with those you have hurt. Continued lying and cheating further weaken the foundation of your relationships. To rebuild trust, you must take full responsibility for your dishonest actions. (Slide count: 49)

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Being Emotionally Flooded

Permit me to start with an automobile analogy. In the old days before fuel injection systems, when cars had carburetors, engine flooding would occur if too much gasoline flowed into…

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Fostering Independence

Resisting Over-Protection  Today, I want to examine several ways to repair relationships damaged by mental health or substance use disorders. At first glance, being ready to help at a moment’s…

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