Relationships in Recovery
Repairing Damage and Building Healthy Connections While Overcoming Addiction
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Addiction can wreak havoc on relationships, destroying trust and damaging bonds with family, friends, and colleagues. Substance use both causes these interpersonal problems and becomes a method of trying to cope with them. Psychologist and addictions expert Kelly Green has learned through working with hundreds of clients that maintaining healthy relationships is key to the recovery process. In this compassionate, judgment-free guide, Dr. Green shares powerful tools for setting and maintaining boundaries, communicating feelings and needs, ending harmful relationships respectfully, and reestablishing emotional intimacy. With inspiring narratives, downloadable self-assessment worksheets, and exercises, this book lights the way to a life untethered from addiction--and filled with positive connections.
Table of Contents
1. Getting Started
2. Understanding the Interplay between Relationships, Addiction, and Recovery Efforts
3. Identifying Barriers to Working on Relationships and Staying Motivated
4. Exploring the Unhealthy and Healthy Aspects of Your Relationships
5. Developing Your Communication Skills
6. Providing and Seeking Validation
7. Being Honest with Yourself and Others
8. Rebuilding Trust
9. Setting and Maintaining Healthy Boundaries
10. Ending Relationships Appropriately
11. Building Emotional Intimacy
12. Monitoring Your Relationships and Relationship Skills
Kelly E. Green, PhD, a clinical psychologist, is Associate Professor of Psychology at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, where she has received awards for her research and teaching excellence. Dr. Green is a recognized expert in evidence-based addiction treatment. She maintains a private practice with a particular focus on helping clients and their loved ones improve their relationships in the context of addiction recovery.
"One of the most important parts of recovery is reconnecting with other people. Drawing on many years of experience, Dr. Green helps you explore your emotions and assumptions about relationships, build healthy connections, and break free of toxic ones. The book is filled with sensitive and insightful exercises, information, and strategies. Everyone in recovery should take this workbook along on the journey!"--Carlo C. DiClemente, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychology (Emeritus), University of Maryland, Baltimore County
"This excellent workbook provides evidence-based tools and tips to help you recover relationships as part of your recovery journey. What I love most about this book is the flexibility to pursue a range of different goals and the challenging of many myths about addiction and the recovery process. Dr. Green’s compassionate and caring approach is likely to help many people who are seeking a change."--Katie Witkiewitz, PhD, Regents’ Professor of Psychology, University of New Mexico
"I isolated myself for a long time due to severe alcohol dependency--and this workbook shed light on relationship recovery skills that I hadn’t even considered. The exercises in each chapter promote deep self-reflection and help you take action for personal growth. The chapter on emotional intimacy was the most useful information I’ve read so far in my recovery journey. For anyone looking to create more meaningful relationships--both new and old--this workbook is for you."--J.W., Dallas, Texas-