Addiction is a topic most people tend to avoid – especially the addict themselves.
Oftentimes, addiction is associated with negative connotations such as anger, depression, and anxiety. It is also associated with other negative events such as ended relationships or lost loved ones.
However, an important step in the process of addiction recovery is talking. It is important both in the recovery of the addict themselves and those affected that everyone involved openly discusses the issue, experiences, and most importantly – the recovery.
So, in dealing with the process of addiction recovery, there are plenty of questions presented by those affected that get left unanswered.
Some people are unsure of what to ask, others are just simply afraid to ask it.
When addressing addiction recovery, here are a few of those common questions you might be afraid to ask a recovering addict during their addiction recovery process:
- Why do you think you became an addict?Whether it is drugs or alcohol – there is something that opened up the door to addiction for each person.
- What do you miss the most about being an addict?This question oftentimes is most beneficial for the addict themselves. Typically, once they have recovered there will be very few things they miss about addiction. Their new life is much better, so this question helps remind them of that.
- What has your addiction forever destroyed?Sometimes reality is hard – and the reality of addiction is very hard. However, in overcoming what they have lost throughout addiction, it is important to address it – don’t let it be the elephant in the room.
It might be a relationship lost that could be mended and by discussing it, that could be the first step to mending it.
- Do you have other means of intoxicating yourself now?They might have a new “high” that is actually healthy, such as running or reading. Inquire about what they are doing now and find out how you can enjoy the activity together, or at least promote the continuance of it.
- Who did you hurt most with your addiction?This can really be an eye-opener and yet again another opportunity to mend a broken relationship.
When it comes to addiction recovery, it is all about balance. It also takes continuous improvement to truly overcome it. As someone in your life is recovering from addiction, ask them the tough questions. Dig deeper and find out what they are still struggling with.