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How to Tell Others You’re in Recovery

Having These Conversations with Friends and Loved Ones is Important

It's no secret that addiction and substance use are difficult subjects to broach. For many people struggling with these conditions, talking about their recovery can be just as challenging—if not tougher.

Why? Because addiction is still stigmatized and often seen as a personal failing rather than an actual disease. This means that many people in recovery worry about how others will react if they find out. Will they be judged? Rejected? Treated differently?

It's natural to want to keep your recovery private. But the truth is that talking about it—even with people you're close to—can be a vital part of your support system. It can also help reduce the shame and stigma surrounding addiction and recovery.

If you're not sure how to start these conversations, here are a few tips.

Select the Time of the Conversation Carefully

Choose the right time and place. Don't spring it on someone out of the blue. Instead, pick a time when you're both relaxed and have some time to talk.

Start with the Basics

Keep it simple: you don't have to go into all your addiction and recovery details. Just give a brief overview of what you're dealing with and why you're choosing to talk about it now.

Be Honest About Your Feelings

It's okay to be nervous or scared. In fact, it's perfectly normal. Just be honest about how you're feeling and why you're choosing to share this with the person you're talking to.

Be Prepared for Questions—and Some Skepticism

Questions are natural, and it's okay if not everyone understands or agrees with your decision to enter recovery. Just be prepared to answer questions honestly and explain your decision in a way that makes sense to you.

Don't Be Afraid to Seek Help

If you're struggling to have these conversations or if they're not going the way you'd hoped, don't be afraid to seek out professional help. A therapist or counselor can provide support and guidance as you navigate these waters.

Memphis Addiction Recovery

At Grace Land Recovery, we understand how difficult it can be to open up about your addiction and recovery. We also know how important it is to have a strong support system in place. If you're looking for more information or guidance, we're here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our programs or to speak with someone who understands what you're going through.