Mending Strained Relationships Caused By Addiction

For many individuals struggling with addiction, the road to recovery can be a long and challenging one. The best plan of action is to take each day as it comes and accumulate one sober day after another. Even after sobriety occurs, the addicted person often begins to realize that life isn’t immediately better and that it takes work to repair the broken or strained relationships caused by past addictive behavior and substances. This part is never easy, but it’s essential in ensuring long-term sobriety after breaking the bonds of addiction.


One of the most common reasons why an addictive individual relapse is due to familial problems faced during early recovery. Without mending these relationships and laying the critical groundwork for future healthy relationships (relationships built on trust and with strong boundaries) the addicted person often finds himself at high-risk of relapse.  The importance of mending these relationships can’t be understated.  At Prescott House, mending strained relationships caused by addiction is one of the key pillars in which our program is built around.

Here are just a few of the ways we help our male patients rebuild these relationships:

Setting Realistic Expectations

The bonds that have been damaged by addiction often include years of destructive behavior. Expecting immediate resolution once achieving initial sobriety is unrealistic and can even be more detrimental to long-term relationship mending. It’s important to realize that rebuilding these relationships takes time and any victory, however small, is still a step in the right direction.

Rebuilding Trust

One of the most common themes of relationship rebuilding after treatment is re-establishing trust with the addicted person. While under the power of addiction, individuals often lie, cheat, and steal in order to get their next fix, hide their addiction, or continue using. This behavior puts a great deal of stress on relationships and is often one of the most difficult things to address in recovery. Rebuilding this trust takes time and it’s important to understand when there is a commitment to remaining trustworthy, this trust can and will be restored in most cases.

Eliminating Toxic Relationships

Bad relationships are detrimental to recovery and are often cited as a reason for relapse. Whether the relationship is abusive, co-dependent, or involves an individual that has yet to seek sobriety, these relationships need to be fixed or terminated in order to give you the best chance at remaining sober.

Learn Effective Communication Techniques

Effectively communicating with others opens the door to healing as well as voicing a viewpoint in a way that is healthy and effective. Each man that leaves the Prescott House has worked extensively on his communication skills, learning healthy ways to deal with conflict, and knowing when to exercise his right of removing himself from toxic situations in which he knows could be detrimental to his mental health or sobriety. Learning to communicate with others effectively minimizes or eliminates unhealthy arguments and fights, as well as opens up the doors to your friends, family and loved ones to express themselves and listen.

Seek and Utilize All Resources Available

After their stay at Prescott House, many men return home to their families where they attend meetings locally and continue their recovery journey. This return to the family can be a difficult one and we at Prescott House advise each of our residents to adhere to a regular meeting schedule as well as to seek additional therapy for themselves or family in an attempt to repair familial relationships that were strained under the power of addiction. Our staff at Prescott House is just a phone call or email away and ready to help provide additional assistance when needed.

At Prescott House, our male-specific treatment center provides the tools men need not just to remain sober, but to begin the process of re-integrating themselves into their past lives, especially as it retains to rebuilding strained or broken relationships. Our comprehensive treatment plan helps you to rebuild your life, and share in the joy that only friends and family can bring. Repairing these relationships is crucial to recovery, and it is our pleasure to assist you in doing so.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, please contact our staff at Prescott House to find out how our gender-specific treatment options can help.

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