Episode 3: Relationship Dynamics in Recovery [Series 1]
Wrapping up our series on addiction that was originally started by Lani W's experience of walking through recovery with her husband; in this episode we connect the dots from A and B (Episode 1: Addict and Episode 2: Co-dependent) and discuss what the relationship dynamics look like in recovery. Keeping in mind that now we’re dealing with two addictions; one addiction to a substance or behavior to self-medicate, and another addiction to “fixing” a person or “over-functioning” in a relationship; we now can look at the relationship and road ahead knowing that both parties will be walking through a recovery journey of their own. It won’t be only the “addict” walking a recovery journey with their partner supporting them, but more so it will be two separate addicts walking their own recovery journeys, simultaneously trying to support the other’s as well. Fun stuff. We discuss emotional development stages; how addiction stunts emotional growth, and how that presents itself in recovery. We'll talk about setting reasonable expectations for your recovery (on both sides), setting boundaries, and how to handle relapse.
This is the third episode of a three-part series on addiction, co-dependence, and relationship dynamics in recovery. If you have any lingering questions on this topic, personal/specific situational questions, or comments, feel free to leave them in the comments here, direct message me through Instagram @pinkchairthairapy, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember, we're here to encourage and open conversation in the mindset that whatever it is - IT'S OKAY. "No one enters adulthood without baggage." So many negative, destructive, and sometimes debilitating things fester when things like this stay hidden - shame, self-hatred, resentment, addiction, the list could go on; but if we're talking about it, we're bringing it into the light and it can't fester in the darkness anymore. IT'S OKAY! You are not alone. Let's talk about it!
We don't reference any in this video, but I am going to link all the resources we’ve discussed in past episodes in case anyone wants to start taking the steps to find a supportive community:
Resources for anyone seeking, or curious about, addiction support:
Alcoholics/Sexaholics/Narcotics/Gamblers/Food Addicts Anonymous: (Anonymous group support for addicts)
Support for families/loved ones of addicts:
Celebrate Recovery: https://www.celebraterecovery.com/
Help finding a therapist - Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us (click on "Find a Therapist" at the top of the page.)
Intro Music: Staying Positive by spinningmerkaba (c) copyright 2019 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/jlbrock44/59438 Ft: greg_baumont
Outtro Music: gravitationalWaves by airtone (c) copyright 2016 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/airtone/55021