How to Avoid Relapse Around Addicted Family Members

When you leave the lifestyle of active addiction, one of the biggest challenges is reconnecting with people from your old life. Many of them knew you when you were using, and some of them might still be using, too. However, what can you do when the person in your life who’s still using is a family member?

Dealing with drug use in your family is always a challenge. Knowing the difference between helping and enabling can be difficult at times. And watching someone go through something as terrible and life-altering as active addiction can cause heartache. However, when you have your own recovery and sobriety to consider, the challenge increases dramatically.

Maintaining your sobriety is one of the most important ongoing parts of your recovery, and it requires continual commitment. If a loved one is using around you, it poses a significant threat to your drug abstinence. Learn more about how you can deal with an addicted family member without relapsing.  

Don’t Accept Drug Use

As part of your relapse prevention plan, you might have set rules and boundaries for yourself. You might have resolved to avoid parties where you know there will be drug use. You may even avoid certain routes that go past some of your old favorite bars.

When you encounter friends and family members who are still in the throes of active addiction, it’s important to have boundaries for them, too. If you live with or spend a lot of time with someone who uses, you should let them know that you won’t tolerate drug use in your presence. If someone uses legal recreational substances like alcohol, you can still tell them that it makes you uncomfortable to be around it.

Setting clear boundaries for yourself removes some of the uncertainty when it comes to certain high-risk situations. It’s easier not to cross the line when the line is clearly drawn. Setting boundaries with someone who is addicted can also show them your commitment to sobriety. In some cases, you may have to cut ties with them until they seek recovery.

Avoid Constant Triggers

Triggers are a fact of life for people who are living in recovery from addiction or other mental health issues for that matter. Some triggers come from inside your own mind and can be difficult to avoid completely. Others can come on suddenly, like when a billboard ad for some ice-cold beer triggers alcohol cravings. While it’s important to learn to cope positively with cravings and triggers, you should also avoid regular sources of triggers when you can. A friend or family member who continues to use around you can cause you to continually cause you to have thoughts and triggers toward relapse, testing the limits of your coping mechanisms.

If you have gone through addiction treatment, you may have experienced elements ofcognitive behavioral therapy at some point in your treatment process. In the cognitive-behavioral model, high-risk scenarios are the first catalyst for a relapse. A relapse doesn’t start with the first time you use again; it starts with the way that you cope with a high-risk situation. If you live with, or if you are always around someone who uses, you are constantly in a high-risk scenario. Relapse is a very real threat to recovery. Like other chronic diseases, addiction relapse occurs in more than50 percent of people in recovery.  

Avoiding triggers might mean distancing yourself from people who are still using. While this may sound harsh, it might be as beneficial to your addicted family member as much as it is for you.

Don’t Be an Enabler

While you were going through active addiction and treatment, your family may have had to learn how to avoidenabling behaviors. Now that you’ve completed treatment, and you’re encountering other people in your life in active addiction, it’s important to learn to avoid enabling as well. If a family member is struggling with active addiction, you, more than anyone, understand what they are going through. You might want to help them, ease their pain, or cover for them.

However, enabling is often defined as shielding an addicted person from a consequence of their addiction. Softening the blows that are coming as a result of their actions and behaviors can prolong the time they spend in active addiction before seeking help. If you’ve set clear rules about being around drug and alcohol use and abuse and a family member continues to break them, one of the consequences of their addiction might be that they see you less often.

It may seem like a drastic move, but if a family member is putting your sobriety at risk, it might be best to remove yourself from those high-risk situations. You can let the addicted person in your life know that you will be there to help them find addiction treatment as soon as they agree to seek the help they need. However, risking your own sobriety to be around someone who is using, may only serve to enable them and risk your recovery.

Continue Your Recovery

Addiction treatment is important in achieving and learning how to maintain sobriety. However, after you complete your addiction treatment, it’s important to continue your pursuit of recovery. People often relapse when they become complacent in their recovery process, and when you encounter high-risk situations like a using family member, it puts a strain on your resolve. However, going to 12 step meetings, connecting with your support group, and connecting with your alumni coordinators, can help heal you on the road to recovery, even as new challenges pop up.

Seeking Addiction Help

If a loved one or family member is ready to address their substance use disorder, you might be able to help them find the right addiction treatment services for their needs. Call the addiction treatment specialists at The Palm Beach Institute at 855-534-3574 or contact us online to learn more about the available therapy options and how you can help your loved one get the care they need. If you are worried that you might need help preventing your own relapse, or if you’ve started to use again, we might be able to help you find additional treatment or aftercare services as well. Call anytime.

 

7 Common Addictive Personality Traits to Look Out For

“It is extremes of personality and temperament—some of which are associated with talents, not deficits—that elevates risk. Giftedness and high IQ, for instance, are linked with higher rates of illegal drug use than having average intelligence.” — Maia Szalavitz, author of Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary Way of Understanding Addiction

In the past, psychiatrists thought that those prone to substance use disorder and other forms of addictive behavior shared a certain “addictive personality.” Over the years, researchers have failed to prove this to be true. However, research has shown there are certain common personality characteristics of addiction, or perhaps addictive personality traits, that appear in those who are at high risk of developing a substance use disorder or behavioral addiction, such as gambling or sex addiction.

It tends to be extremes in temperament or personality that increase the odds of developing an addiction. For example, these extremes are found in both those who tend to be anxious and neurotic — perhaps with a tendency toward obsessive behaviors — as well as those who may not struggle with anxiety or other mental health issues but rather are very adventurous and seek excitement. Both of these extremes are examples of having trouble with self-regulation. Read on below for more details about seven of the common personality characteristics of addiction.

1. Problems With Self-Regulation

Self-regulation means making choices consistent with your values that ensure your well-being. It also means being able to manage your emotions so that you can be proactive and maintain a healthy quality of life. Often people who struggle with addiction have difficulty with self-regulation. This may show up as a difficulty in resisting impulsive behavior or an inability to manage feelings of anxiety.

2. Impulsivity

One of the noted characteristics of an addictive personality had been impulsivity. And while the term “addictive personality” is no longer used, this trait or characteristic remains common among many who have addictive disorders. Impulsivity means engaging in unplanned behavior quickly with little forethought about possible consequences or outcomes. While a certain amount of impulsivity actually may be useful when it comes to quick decision-making, higher levels may lead to poor choices with negative consequences. Research has shown a correlation between impulsivity and substance use. A person who struggles with impulse control has difficulty managing gratification. They would rather choose a smaller reward that will occur more quickly rather than wait for a longer period for a larger reward. For example, rather than wait until the end of the week to receive $100, they would rather receive $25 immediately.

3. Thrill-seeking

When people wonder about what an addictive personality is, the image of someone who takes a lot of risks often comes to mind. A tendency to engage in risky or thrill-seeking behavior has also been noted as a characteristic common in those struggling with addiction. This type of behavior occurs as a result of a need for a variety of novel and stimulating experiences. There also seems to be a close relationship between impulsive behavior and a high level of risk-taking. Plus, alcohol and other drugs lower a person’s inhibition, which may lead them to engage in dangerous behaviors they wouldn’t usually attempt. For example, they may engage in risky sexual encounters or drive while intoxicated.

4. Anxiety

While some individuals may throw caution to the wind and choose risky activities with little thought about consequences, others are overly cautious and prone to anxiety and worry. This high level of anxiety may make social interactions difficult and uncomfortable. Researchers have found that a struggle with anxiety is often among common personality characteristics of addiction. Sometimes people start using drugs as an attempt to self-manage or self-treat their anxiety, and then it becomes a full-blown addiction. Ironically, drug use can often increase anxiety, particularly when someone is experiencing withdrawal symptoms and craving the drug.

5. Depression

Many people with substance use disorder often struggle with other mental health disorders besides anxiety, including depression. Like those who try to self-treat anxiety, they may try to manage their depression by using drugs as an attempt to escape the discomfort and heaviness of depression. When someone is struggling with more than one disease at a time, it is called comorbidity or dual diagnosis.

Other mental health comorbidities are also often common in those struggling with addiction, including bipolar disorder, PTSD, and schizophrenia. In addition, sometimes certain drugs can actually cause changes to the brain that can cause a person to be more likely to develop a mental illness.

6. Obsessiveness

Obsessive behavior or thinking means being unable to stop doing an action or thinking a thought, even when the obsession is negatively affecting the person’s life. For example, someone may feel like they need to wash their hands repeatedly or check over and over to make sure the doors are locked. It turns out that similar parts of the brain are activated in both obsessive-compulsive disorder and addiction.

Someone struggling with addiction may constantly think about when they are going to have their next opportunity to get high or how they are going to get drugs. So as with other mental health disorders, a desire to find a way to manage obsessiveness may influence a person to start taking drugs, but it may also become worse once they are addicted as they obsess over getting the drugs to maintain their addiction and ease cravings.

7. A Tendency to Have Multiple Addictions

Often, someone struggling with a substance use disorder is also struggling with an addiction to one or more other substances, or they may also have a behavioral addiction. Research shows that this tendency to develop more than one addiction may be a combination of a genetic predisposition to addiction plus the social environment of the individual. For example, if someone has an addiction to alcohol, they may also have an addiction to smoking as these addictions often go hand-in-hand in part because of the social setting.

Do You Have Any Common Personality Characteristics of Addiction?

There is no such thing as an addictive personality, but there are certain characteristics that can increase the likelihood of addiction. If you or someone you love is struggling with some of the common personality characteristics of addiction, there is help available.

Hopefully, you can find support in the form of caring friends or family. However, to effectively treat a debilitating mental health issue or conquer an addiction, it is usually important to seek professional help. This may mean reaching out to a mental health therapist or possibly an addiction counselor or addiction treatment center if you are already struggling with a substance use disorder or another form of addictive behavior.

It is possible to learn to manage anxiety and impulsive behaviors as well as to find treatment for depression and other mental health issues. Treatment may include talk therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as medication.

Getting Help for Addiction

If you’re struggling with addiction and want to stop using, an addiction treatment center can provide a comprehensive treatment plan under the guidance of a trained medical staff to encourage the best possibility for you to successfully recover from your addiction.

The medical team can provide a safe and supportive environment for you to detox with minimal discomfort and learn effective coping skills as part of your treatment plan. You will also receive counseling from trained therapists and have the opportunity to build a supportive social network with others who are also on their recovery journey.

Don’t delay seeking the help and guidance you need to lead a healthy and fulfilling life. Get the help you need today by calling The Palm Beach Institute at 855-534-3574 at any time. You also can reach us online 24/7.

5 Ways Drinking Can Ruin a Marriage

When people marry, they form an unbreakable bond and vow to be there for each other for better or for worse.

But what happens when those bonds are tested by alcohol abuse and addiction?

There always are consequences when excessive drinking is in the mix. But when alcohol use disorder has invaded the lives of people who have created what is supposed to be a lasting union, it no longer affects just one person. No part of the relationship goes untouched, whether it is only one person drinking or both. Alcohol use disorder (AUD), a chronic health issue, can cause many problems. Among them are:

  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Frustration
  • Stress

Alcoholism can even bring violence into the home, making it an even more unpredictable and unsafe environment to live in. Spouses of people who abuse alcohol as well as their children and others are affected by what is known as a family disease. What happens in that environment can leave scars that linger for a lifetime. Not only can drinking destroy marriages, but it can destroy families for generations down the line.

One key thing to remember is that people with alcohol use disorder do not live on an island. They are part of a family unit, so everything they go through most likely will be felt by the people in their lives, whether directly or indirectly. In families where children are exposed to problematic alcohol use, statistics show they are at higher risk of developing AUD.

People who have a spouse with a substance abuse issue will find themselves competing with addiction to gain their partner’s attention. Over time, they may blame themselves for their partner’s addiction or “normalize” troubling and hurtful behaviors for the sake of keeping up appearances to the outside world. People coping with a spouse in active addiction also may inadvertently become enablers and do more harm than good while trying to keep the marriage together. The spouse that’s trying to manage and move forward risks experiencing psychological distress and coping in ways that are not mentally or emotionally healthy. Meanwhile, their spouse will stay on a destructive path as the marriage possibly falls apart.

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Here are five key areas that drinking can affect and even ruin a marriage and break up a union that is supposed to last forever.

Trust

Lying is common in marriages in which one or both spouses drink alcohol heavily. Being dishonest includes everything from flat-out lying to lies of omission to hiding things with cover-ups. One problem with lying is that it doesn’t stop at one lie. When one lie is told, another one must be told to cover up the first one. Then another lie is told and then another and yet another. Soon, untruths are woven into the fabric of the marriage, which lead to its unraveling and ultimate end if steps aren’t taken to correct the damage and heal from it. Nothing erodes trust faster than lies and deceit.

Communication

Alcohol abuse can destroy communication in marriages and be a major factor in why those marriages do not recover from it. Rifts result when either person—whether it’s the one doing the drinking or the one who isn’t—checks out emotionally and stops talking and listening to the other person.

When spouses no longer hear each other, conflicts and misunderstandings tend to build and spill over into all areas of the marriage. In many situations, the manner of communicating is hostile, tense, or possibly nonexistent.

Emotional, Sexual Intimacy

Emotional and sexual intimacy can suffer from a failure to communicate. A healthy sexual relationship also keeps the marriage bond strong. Heavy drinkers may find themselves struggling in this area as they either might be unable to perform or find they don’t desire to because of their alcohol habits.

Alcohol is a depressant, so prolonged drinking can decrease sexual activity as it slows down the body as well as the brain’s ability to sense when sexual stimulation is occurring, according to a Medical Daily article.

“Contrary to popular belief, alcohol is not an aphrodisiac and can actually inhibit your ability to attain an erection and orgasm. While it enables people to overcome their sexual inhibitions or anxieties, excessive alcohol also has a negative physiological effect on the penis,” the Medical Daily article says.

The spouse of a person using alcohol excessively might find the person unattractive and undesirable because of the drinking, and the person might avoid their spouse altogether. This, too, leads to a breakdown in the relationship.

Finances

Another way drinking can ruin a marriage is when it upsets financial stability. Money woes may come about when a person with a drinking problem can’t hold a job or handle money responsibly. Someone with alcohol use disorder may spend a lot on alcohol and other substances, and that adds up over time.

High-risk financial situations can strain a marriage and bring it to a halt, especially if the financial situation brings about losing the couple’s home or having one or more of their vehicles repossessed. Drinking troubles can also put one in some legal situations that may require paying an attorney, which is expensive and further drain a couple’s financial resources.

Shared Family Responsibilities

People in active addiction often neglect key responsibilities, including keeping a daily routine that involves caring for oneself and others. A lot of time goes into drinking alcohol and doing drugs, including time recovering from excessive substance use. This means household chores go neglected. Slacking off in taking care of shared duties at home can shift the responsibility to a person’s spouse. The person who picks up the slack can grow resentful and angry about having to do so because of someone else’s irresponsible behavior.

Drinking Can Ruin a Marriage and Bring Divorce

Married people who are dealing with alcohol use disorder and its enduring threat to their union have a few choices to make. Either they resolve to address their spouse’s alcohol addiction together and get the help that’s needed, or they commit to keeping things as they are. The latter choice is a sure path to Splitsville for many couples.

In one 2014 study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, researchers compared the divorce rates of people with AUD to those of people who do not struggle with AUD. They found that about half of the study’s participants with either past alcohol troubles or current alcohol use disorder were divorced at some point in their lives.

What Happens When Both Spouses Abuse Alcohol?

A 2013 study funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism found that marriage is likely to end in divorce if only one spouse drinks heavily, according to a Medical Daily article. However, what happens to the marriage if both people are heavy drinkers?

According to the study’s findings, those couples are just as likely to stay married as married couples who don’t indulge in alcohol.

“Our results indicate that it is the difference between the couple’s drinking habits, rather than the drinking itself, that leads to marital dissatisfaction, separation, and divorce,” said Kenneth Leonard, PhD, RIA director and lead author of the study, in a news release about the study.

“Heavily drinking spouses may be more tolerant of negative experiences related to alcohol due to their own drinking habits,” Leonard said in the news release. But he cautioned that this does not mean that the couples’ drinking habits do not affect other areas of family life. “While two heavy drinkers may not divorce, they may create a particularly bad climate for their children.”
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End Alcohol Abuse Today at Palm Beach Institute

There are many ways drinking can ruin a marriage, but it doesn’t always have to happen. If you or someone you know is going through marital problems caused by alcohol, Palm Beach Institute can help. If you or someone you love would like a free consultation, call the Palm Beach Institute today at 1-855-534-3574. Our specialists can help anyone find the treatments and programs they need to beat a deadly substance abuse problem. Contact us to begin the journey to sobriety as soon as possible.

The Newcomer’s Guide to Choosing a Sponsor

The process of developing an addiction differs for everyone because a variety of contributing factors underscore the disease. For some individuals, becoming addicted to alcohol or drugs is the result of social consequences due to one’s peers primarily being substance abusers. Others become addicted as a result of indulging in their curiosities. There are also those for whom substance abuse was a behavioral characteristic one gets from family members who have also struggled with alcoholism or drug addiction. However, no matter how it occurs, many repercussions tend to be experienced by most people who have an addiction.

After becoming addicted, individuals experience a profound transformation. Both one’s physical and mental health deteriorate as substance abuse becomes the central, driving force in an individual’s life. Throughout each day, an addicted person must continually seek the next fix to keep withdrawal symptoms at bay. Living in this way will eventually result in the loss of one’s job as well as many other opportunities, financial instability, damage of or destruction to one’s relationships, and perhaps even legal repercussions for criminal behaviors. In short, virtually every aspect of an individual’s life is significantly affected by the development of an addiction.

Fortunately, recovery is both possible and attainable. While many have achieved lasting success in addiction treatment programs, 12-step support groups have allowed millions upon millions of people with an addiction to reclaim their health and independence. Having first started in the 1930s, Alcoholics Anonymous is the first and original 12-step support group for which the renowned 12 Steps were created. The 12 Steps provide individuals who have suffered physically, mentally, and spiritually from the effects of addiction with a means of achieving a comprehensive recovery, emphasizing the role that spiritual awakening has in the recovery process. Moreover, an important part of the 12-step method involves a concept known as sponsorship. Therefore, the following will define sponsorship and provide basic tips for 12-step newcomers who are or might soon be looking for a sponsor.

Recovery the 12 Steps Way

In the early 20th century, a man named Bill Wilson was struggling with alcoholism and making the rounds in the addiction support groups that existed at the time, most of which were based on the principles of Christianity. Unfortunately, he hadn’t found one that could sufficiently rid him of his alcoholism and prevent his recurring relapses. Wilson started Alcoholics Anonymous—the original 12-step recovery fellowship—in 1935 out of his efforts to help Dr. Bob Smith, an associate of Wilson’s who also suffered from alcoholism.

In just a few short years, Wilson’s group has expanded exponentially, leading him to publish Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How More Than One Hundred Men Have Recovered From Alcoholism, which is colloquially referred to as “the Big Book” by group members. In Alcoholics Anonymous, Wilson explained that the most basic goal of his recovery fellowship was to help individuals achieve sobriety while helping others to achieve sobriety. Additionally, the Big Book contained the first appearance of the renowned Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.

The 12 Steps, as envisaged and designed by Wilson and his early associates, are a sort of recovery checklist meant to be achieved, or “worked,” in numerical order by individuals who wish to overcome chemical dependency. Although the 12 Steps were created to combat alcoholism, they’ve since been used in the numerous groups that are derivative from Alcoholics Anonymous, such as Narcotics Anonymous and even Gamblers Anonymous and Sex Addicts Anonymous. Over the course of the 12 Steps, people who have drug or alcohol addictions come to terms with and accept the reality of their illnesses, recognize their powerlessness to the disease, appeal to the higher power of one’s understanding of the ability to overcome addiction, take a moral inventory of character defects and previous wrongdoings against others, make amends, and help others to achieve recovery through the 12 Steps.

What’s unique about 12-step programs relative to addiction treatment programs is the focus on one’s social and spiritual recovery alongside physical, psychological, and emotional rehabilitation, which tends to be of greater emphasis in more clinical treatment modalities. However, the 12 Steps program helps individuals to be more accountable for their own recovery and is seen as being the more proactive approach as individuals put much effort into their recovery rather than receiving it through treatment.

What Exactly Is the Purpose of a 12 Steps Sponsor?

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While the 12 Steps method has several important components, sponsorship is arguably the most important. After joining a 12-step support group, newcomers are encouraged to choose a sponsor who will guide them as they work each of the steps. Half mentor and half tutor, the sponsor help the sponsee to thoroughly learn each step, including its underlying or symbolic purposes as well as the role that each step plays in the cumulative 12-step recovery process. Moreover, the sponsor-sponsee relationship becomes and remains a very important, valuable resource for someone who has only just begin his or her recovery. A sponsee will learn that the sponsor always makes himself or herself available, which is particularly useful when the newcomer is experiencing cravings or is otherwise feeling tempted to relapse and begin using alcohol or drugs again.

In effect, an important part of finding sponsorship is having someone who will be an individual’s avid supporter, who will coach the newcomer through the process of recovery while also giving them straightforward advice when and where it’s needed. To an extent, the relationship is almost like a partnership as a sponsor becomes personally invested in the sponsee’s recovery. However, with the 12th step involving becoming a newcomer’s sponsor, the relationship is as important to the sponsor — who has already worked the 12 Steps and likely accrued an extended period of sober time — as it is to the sponsee still trying to overcome addiction.

What to Look for in a Support Group Sponsor

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When choosing a sponsor, a newcomer should keep several things in mind. First and foremost, an effective sponsor should be very experienced in the 12-step method and be extremely secure in his or her sobriety as an individual who is still unsure of his or her sobriety is in a very poor position to reinforce anyone else’s sobriety. In fact, it’s often recommended that newcomers choose one of the individuals in the group who has the longest amount of time spent free from alcohol and/or drugs.

Additionally, it’s often recommended that heterosexual individuals don’t choose a sponsor of the opposite sex and homosexuals don’t choose a sponsor of the same sex. Because a sponsor and sponsee spend a lot of time together, one or both parties becoming romantically or sexually interested in the other will render the relationship less effective and could compromise the newcomer’s progress. In other words, an attraction between two individuals can interfere with the therapeutic value of the relationship.

It’s a good idea for a newcomer — especially someone who’s attempting 12-step recovery for the first time and, therefore, is inexperienced with minimal knowledge of the 12 Steps — to choose a sponsor who doesn’t already have a lot of sponsees. Although, on the one hand, this could be a sign of an individual being an effective or skilled sponsor, it also means the individual will likely be stretched incredibly thin, limiting the amount of time they can possibly devote to each sponsee. Finally, one should trust his or her instincts when choosing a sponsor. If a newcomer simply has an instinctive, “gut” feeling that an individual doesn’t seem trustworthy, he or she should not choose that individual to be his or her sponsor. Conversely, if a newcomer has a strong, positive feeling about someone, he or she should trust that feeling.

Watch Out: Common Pitfalls of Sponsorship

Everyone is different and has different ways of handling or dealing with certain situations. It’s important to choose a sponsor who has a similar style of conduct as the sponsee. For instance, a sponsor who micromanages his or her sponsors would not be the best fit for someone who tends to dislike authority or being told what to do. Unfortunately, micromanaging sponsees is reportedly somewhat common among 12 Steps sponsors. With the sponsor-sponsee relationship being such an important part of a newcomer’s recovery process, it’s possible that an immoral sponsor could use the relationship as an opportunity to take advantage of him or her, whether for sexual reasons or otherwise, making it important that individuals take note of misconduct.

Establish Boundaries and Respect Them

When you choose a sponsor, be clear about establishing boundaries with the person. Have an open conversation about what you would like to get out of a sponsor-sponsee relationship. Do you want to be able to call the person every day or reserve communication for check-ups and emergencies?

Many sponsors will encourage you to reach out to them when needed, but they may not volunteer to routinely check up on you unless you explicitly say so. Also, know when it’s appropriate to reach out to your sponsor. While your sponsor can be a good shoulder to lean on, the person is not your doctor, therapist, nutritionist, or lawyer. Reserve important, legal, and health concerns for a professional opinion.

Some sponsors may be overzealous or even overbearing with their communication and advice. It could be a power issue; it could be a reflection of how much they care. If you feel like your sponsor is stepping too much into your life to the point of being unhealthy (as opposed your resistance to confrontation), communicate this discomfort to your sponsor or considering changing sponsors.

Remember: Your Sponsor Is Human, Too

There is a possibility that your sponsor may relapse, which may require you to choose another sponsor for your own health and safety. With a new sponsor, you may try to help your former sponsor and get him back into treatment, but do not risk falling into a relapse yourself if the situation becomes too extreme or triggering for you.

Another point to understand is that your sponsor isn’t perfect. Maybe the relationship is better left at being friends than looking to person as a guide. Maybe your philosophies don’t match and aren’t beneficial to your happiness. Choose a sponsor who can help you grow, not hold you back.

Free Yourself from Alcohol or Drugs — Call The Palm Beach Institute Today

There are many ways to achieve long-lasting sobriety. While some individuals have had great success in 12-step groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, others preferred enrolling in an inpatient or outpatient program at an addiction recovery facility. If you or someone you love would benefit from learning more about the recovery options that are available, The Palm Beach Institute is here to help. Call us now for a free consultation and assessment. Don’t become another casualty of addiction; begin a life of health and happiness with just a single phone call.