Telling anyone about your addiction or recovery, including family and friends, is a personal choice. There’s no pressure to talk about it until you feel ready. If you do choose to have the conversation, you can decide what or how much information to share. Here are a few things to consider before sitting down with your loved ones.
Pick the Right Time
Choosing the right time and place can make a big difference in how your family and friends receive your message. If possible, have the conversation in a calm environment when you have plenty of time to talk. Schedule a time that allows you to explain yourself and answer questions without feeling rushed or pressured.
It’s your decision when and how much information you share, but no matter what, be honest. These discussions are your chance to break free from the cycle of deceptions that often comes with addiction. Be open about your struggles. Your family and friends want to understand what you’re going through.
Ask for Help
Directly asking for help can be an intimidating but essential part of the conversation. Be proud of yourself for facing your addiction and seeking help. Inviting loved ones to be part of the healing process can deepen your bonds. You can tell people you trust how they can help you and why their love and support are important to your recovery.
Educate Friends and Family
People in your support system will likely have questions about addiction and your recovery. Be prepared to answer their questions or point them toward resources they can use to learn more about opioid use disorder and recovery.
Receive Counseling at MedMark Treatment Centers
MedMark takes a patient-focused approach to opioid addiction and recovery. We provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs combined with counseling services and personalized care. Family education and group counseling can be significant steps on your path to recovery.