Forming new Communication Patterns with Family in Recovery

When we were in active addiction, our communication with family members was dysfunctional to say the least. We avoided interaction unless it served our purposes, which when we are using those are always centered around acquiring more of our substance of choice. Now that you have begun living in sobriety, everything in your life is changing. This includes your relationship with your family members as well as how you communicate with each other. It is important to establish healthy communication with your family so you may receive their love and support in a positive way. Here are a few things to keep in mind when working on improving your communication with your family.

First, you should not try to rush the healing which is taking place between you and your family regardless of any feelings of frustration which may arise. Remember that your relationship with your family wasn’t damaged over the course of a few days, and the repair process will take time as well as effort. Respect their feelings just as you would like your feelings to be respected, and focus on demonstrating your seriousness about sobriety through transparency with your family. Communicate honestly and openly with them and they will see you are making a concerted effort at turning over a new leaf and maintaining your recovery.

Listening can often be more important than speaking when it comes to healthy communication among family members. Your loved ones have likely held their tongue for quite some time during your active addiction, and they may have things they feel compelled to speak with you about which may be painful for you. While you should maintain any boundaries you have established when it comes to their speaking to you in a respectful, non-confrontational manner, you should do you best to let them share with you whatever feelings or thoughts they held back during your active addiction. This “clearing the air” will help your loved one’s move past your bad behavior and forgive you for any harm you’ve caused them in your addiction.

Communication is key in any relationship, and unfortunately our ability to communicate effectively and healthily suffers greatly at the hands of our addiction. However unintentional, the resulting dysfunction in your ability to communicate likely did some damage to your relationship with your friends and loved ones. It is important to reestablish healthy communication now that you are living in recovery, so this damage can be repaired and healthy relationships restored. At Evolutions, we understand the important role healthy relationships between you and your loved ones play in your recovery. We offer family counseling sessions as part of your treatment program so we may ensure healthy communication is facilitated between you and your family. Call our Admissions Counselors today at 833-818-3031 and inquire about our outpatient counseling services so we can help you in this critical phase of your recovery.


Evolutions is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center located in beautiful South Florida. Our holistic approach to addiction treatment centers around addressing and healing the underlying issues at the root of addiction, rather than merely medicating symptoms away.

Our treatment program includes individual and group-based therapy to help clients understand and manage their symptoms and emotions.

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, alcoholism, or any co-occurring disorders please call us at (833) 818-3031 or visit