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Who Can I Talk to If I Don’t Trust My Family?

Who Can I Talk to If I Don’t Trust My Family?

If you think you struggle with substance abuse, then you may feel either alone and/or afraid. You may want to reach out to someone to whom you can talk about your concerns, but, if you are not sure whether you can trust your family, then you may not know what to do. Fortunately, other resources allow people to discuss their medical issues. As you explore your options further, you may want to learn more about trust, available resources that can discuss your addiction and what steps you can take to rebuild trust with your family.

About Trust

Trust is an important, yet complex part of relationships. In the post, Some Thoughts About Trust, the author discusses that, when people lack trust, they often shut down, protect themselves and hide their vulnerability. In that regard, how people engage and break trust varies greatly. Some people are easy to trust when they meet new people, while other people must spend a great deal of time sharing experiences with someone before they can trust her. On the other hand, some people lose trust with someone instantly and have an extremely difficult time restoring it, but other people can restore trust as soon as they discuss problems and understand what happened on both ends. Unfortunately, losing trust tends to involve humiliation for many people, as if they believe that they were foolish to trust in the first place. In that regard, trust involves complex issues, as repairing trust can be quite difficult. However, if you do not attempt to do so, then you can only become progressively more closed off to life and other people.

Fortunately, when people repair trust, the relationship can become more robust than if the trust was never broken in the first place. One of the reasons for this fact is that, when we repair lost trust, we may have less anxiety about losing it again, because we know that we can recover. In short, repairing trust can create even more of it than originally existed . In that light, the sense of urgency you have to speak to someone about your addiction may not afford you the opportunity to regain trust—discussing addiction is a difficult topic, but combining it with a discussion on trust may be a trying conversation. However, other resources are available to you to deal with your addiction and resulting emotions. Once you are on solid ground and free from addiction, you will then be in a better place to regain trust with family members.

Who You Can Talk to About Addiction

At first thought, you can probably come up with some people you could talk with about your addiction, such as a trusted friend, your spiritual advisor, doctor or even someone who you know has been through addiction treatment. However, to discuss your addiction means you must trust someone to keep your information confidential. You must also believe that he can provide with you valuable insights as you divulge your thoughts. To that end, the Addiction Recovery Guide provides other resources for discussing your addiction. On their site, in the Find Treatment section, they provide a variety of options that you have available.

Additionally, even though you are not planning a self-intervention, professional interventionists have considerable experience helping people reach realize that treatment is necessary for their drug and/or mental health problems. In addition to sharing their insights, they could also give you other resources to pursue for healthy conversation. Another viable option is speaking to a mental health counselor, as these people are trained to be objective and are required to maintain a professional and confidential environment. Furthermore, if you are looking for a discussion that focuses on treatment, then you can call the admissions counselors at a rehab facility, as these professionals can provide details that you need to make the best decision about recovery. Finally, some people wish to remain anonymous as they explore treatment options, and many online resources provide knowledge while maintaining distance. You can choose how much information to reveal about yourself while simultaneously getting information you need to find the treatment that would suit you best.

Rebuilding Trust

Before you seek help for addiction, your top priority is to get as much information as you need to find the best treatment methods for your needs. To do so, you may need to rebuild the trust you have in yourself and others; in the post, Five Steps to Rebuilding Trust Between Parents and Teens, the author describes the following steps for rebuilding trust:

  • Open the lines of communication – Define what trust means to you, attempt to understand the other person’s definition and clear up any misunderstandings
  • Explain the benefits – Discuss how trust is important and how it can make life more peaceful and supportive
  • Create a roadmap for success – Define benchmarks that each person can achieve to rebuild trust
  • Give positive reinforcement – Acknowledge when each person has met an expectation to provide an incentive to continue the process
  • Trust yourself – Trust is an ongoing process of renegotiation and personal and collective growth that must occur in every relationship

With communication, patience and a little faith, you can replace past hurts with loving bonds and the hope for a fulfilling relationship.

Learn More About Trust

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