The Importance of Listening for Recovering Addicts and Their Loved Ones

Mark Twain said that if people were meant to talk more than they listen, they would have two tongues and one ear. It makes a lot of sense doesn’t it? For recovering addicts and the families who support them, listening is a skill that should become a top priority. Even though listening is a general life skill everyone can benefit from, helping a loved one recover from addiction requires it more than most.

If you place an addict and a supportive family member in a room, you might as well place a wall between them. Regardless of how much they love each other, there won’t be any constructive communication.

Why?

Because they’re probably passively hearing rather than actively listening. The importance of effective listening skills cannot be stressed enough in this scenario, and it shouldn’t be confused with hearing. The latter is when the ears pick up a sound.

Back Pain and Drug Addiction

Back pain is a common condition affecting a majority of Americans. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, around 60 – 80% of American adults suffer from lower back pain, and the condition is the second most common reason for visiting the doctor. It is also the leading cause of disability in people under the age of 45.

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When you’re suffering from chronic back pain, it can severely affect your quality of life. It’s likely you will have tried everything imaginable to keep your back pain at bay, but you may have found that painkilling gels, pain patches and over-the-counter medications can only do so much to relieve your pain.

Taking prescription painkillers for back pain is perhaps the one thing you have found that provides relief. However, prescription-strength painkillers can and do cause addiction. Of course, no one wants to rely on drugs like opioid painkillers to alleviate their pain, as they come with this risk of addiction.

Finding Inspiration to Persevere Over Addiction During Tough Times

Fighting addiction is one of the hardest things you will ever do. It starts with recognizing you have a substance ruling your life, and this struggle is real. Addiction causes changes in your brain that effect everything you do, even when you are not under the influence.

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addiction creates downward spiral

For anyone who has not experienced the pull of addiction, it is hard to understand. Addiction changes your behavior and makes it impossible for you to live the life you know you could. It forces you to make decisions that are not really in your best interest. Addiction takes over your life and creates a downward spiral.

It takes a lot of courage to fight the forces of addiction and put yourself on a path to a clean, healthy lifestyle. You have to know you want to make a change and be committed to doing what it takes on this long journey out of addiction.

Acknowledging & Learning From Failure

Failure happens for everyone at some point. It’s part of life and even occurs when fighting addiction. If you’re on the road to recovery, it can be tempting to view any type of failure as a bad thing or even a total loss.

What’s important is that you learn from failure and don’t let it knock you down for good. While failure may be inevitable, learning from failure is a conscious choice. Here are a few things to keep in mind along the way.

Prepare Your Mind for War

If you have a relapse while seeking sobriety, you may see momentary failure as losing the battle. You may even be tempted to throw in the towel and resolve you’ll be bound to addiction for the rest of your life. However, keep in mind that you’re in a war, and wars have many battles.

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