Communication: the act of conveying information from one being to another through the use of mutually understood language, signs, and symbols. We often run into trouble when what is thought to be mutually understood by one person is completely alien to another.
This issue gets compounded when a person struggling with an addiction is in recovery. Oftentimes they have retreated into the abyss of drugs and alcohol to avoid having to communicate or feel strong emotions. Effective communication training can be a vehicle to pull them from the abyss.
Common Fears of Communication in Addiction Recovery
When in recovery, there can be a tendency to sabotage oneself with negativity due to the very fact that you are in recovery. Effective communication training can help you overcome your fears of:
- Hurting others
Effective communication in addiction recovery, and all areas of life really, is about trust and understanding. Your treatment program will help you choose a vocabulary that helps you communicate in a positive, rational, and non-accusatory way. It may point out slang or phrases you need to explain. Your training will also provide skills in interpreting and responding to what others are communicating to you.
The Physicality of Communication in Addiction Recovery
In our digital society, it can be easy to forget that there is a lot more to effective communication other than just letters, words, and emojis. Successful recovery requires productive in-person dialogue. Things you need to consider as you are speaking or listening are:
- Tone of voice
- Maintaining eye contact and the type of eye contact used
- Body language
- Facial expressions
Slouching back in your chair and crossing your arms conveys that you do not care what someone is trying to share with you. Conversely, glaring at someone and speaking with a harsh tone of voice as you are sharing will not be productive either.
Other Effective Communication Skills
Communicating your true feelings can be a liberating experience, and help you on your road to recovery while using skills learned with effective communication training. Make the most of your conversations by:
- Asking questions (but without interrupting)
- Speaking clearly
- Being empathetic
- Providing feedback
- Being honest
Communicate with Us
The treatment programs at Summit Malibu will help you to communicate honestly with yourself and those around you. Contact us today for more information about our holistic healing approach and how you can start the admissions process.