There is no manual for how to deal with your substance abuse disorder. After recovery, you might consider telling people about your journey. This may be intimidating given the uncertainty of their reactions. Before considering this, it is important to see to it that you have achieved stability. While relapsing is a normal part of recovery and it should not discourage you, letting people in. They may not provide the right energy in a relapse situation. However, it is important to note that the people you try to hide it from may already have their suspicions. Substance abuse, as hard as you may try, has very distinct signs.
When informing people of your recovery, a key point would be to provide reassurance. Yes, you had this struggle but you have made progress and will possibly make further strides with their support.
Until you are ready to share your substance abuse disorder with your loved ones, support group attendance is a good substitute, especially since those involved know your pain. Be careful not to mistake the anonymity of said meetings as an indication that you should stay in the dark. The anonymity simply aims to provide the comfort of easily sharing your story.
Aside from your loved ones, given that you are gainfully employed, you will also have your boss to contend with. If you take the decision to share your situation with your supervisor, go into the meeting with a plan. Be as clear and succinct as possible. There is no need to share more than the basics. If you require a change of schedule to handle your treatment, respectfully ask for it. State your plan of action moving forward, and restore their faith in your skills. Make a note of the details of the meeting, and send an official email, so they too may have it on file.
Loved ones just need to know that you’re okay. It is your job to make them see that you are. It will take some time, but do your best, and everything will fall into place.Back to Blog