Close and Intimate Relationships in Recovery – Worksheet 1 (COD)


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Relationships in Recovery Worksheet

This Relationships in Recovery worksheet will help you examine numerous ways that substance abuse and addiction damage relationships.

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.

You will also learn positive ways to interact with others and develop long-lasting, mutually-rewarding, and intimate relationships.


Even under ideal conditions, it can be difficult to have satisfying and fulfilling relationships.

All too often, life circumstances are difficult, and sometimes devastating.

Even when difficulties arise, your relationship can endure some hardship.

You can build a solid, satisfying, and fulfilling intimate relationship.

Focus on the following key areas to establish closeness and connection:

1. Build trust.

A primary, or foundational, piece of any intimate relationship is the ability to trust and be trusted.

Having an affair, lying to your partner, cheating, withholding information, or stealing can have devastating effects on the quality of your relationship.

2. Be safe at home.

The home is often considered a sanctuary and safe haven.

When someone experiences domestic violence or partner abuse, the trustworthy fabric of the relationship is torn.

When domestic violence occurs, fear and worry become dominant emotions and rob the victim of peace, joy, and a normal ease of living life.

Violent acts cause people to be hypersensitive, constantly on guard, and resistant to re-engage in a loving, intimate relationship.

3. Make your schedule work.

An overly busy or complicated schedule may include frequent shift changes or opposite shifts, long work hours, travel, weekend work, or other timer elated conflicts with your partner.

These difficulties are usually not sudden or tragic in nature, but take their toll gradually, often barely noticeable at first.

Schedule difficulties may increase conflict, decrease relational connection, and reduce overall satisfaction with the relationship.

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