A common question that comes up at Action Recovery Group in our drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs is, “How much should I reveal to people outside my treatment group and immediate family about my addiction recovery?” Some of the biggest concerns are connected to potential employers, extended family members, casual friends/acquaintances and strangers like a fellow passenger on a plane flight.
It’s impossible to put a hard and fast rule to who and when you should share details regarding your recovery. You really have to take it on a case-by-case basis and learn to be in-tune with your inner feelings (gut). But, a recent Psych Central article has some guidelines that may be helpful—http://blogs.psychcentral.com/addiction-recovery/2015/03/how-much-should-you-reveal-about-your-addiction-recovery/
The most important thing is to feel confident and committed to your recovery and to let go of fears or feelings of shame. If you or someone you care about is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, the first step is to seek help through an initial Drug and Alcohol Addiction Assessment with an Action professional. The assessment is free and very low-key. It’s a chance to take a closer look at the level of your addiction and the various drug and alcohol treatment options that are available—both here at Action Recovery Group and elsewhere in the local community.
Don’t miss our last blog post—”Is Addiction a Real Disease?”—http://actiontreatment.com/2015/03/09/addiction-real-disease/