Strong communication skills are a necessity regardless of where you are in life. When battling addiction, substances can get in the way of really communicating effectively at work and with family. Treatment programs can really benefit you by helping shift your skills into a new gear.
Learn to Listen
During therapy and support groups, learn to listen well. Focus on what is being said and the meaning behind the words. Rather than jumping to conclusions, make it about the meaning and the message. Active listening is about hearing other people and not getting distracted before they speak. Recovery teaches you to focus on others outside yourself and really listen to what they have to say.
Be a Problem Solver
Part of treatment is learning to work on challenging situations. What you used to know may no longer serve you in recovery. Learning strategies for coping with problems that come up will make recovery better for you and you can take that into the business world.
Recognize Word Power
Programs like family therapy can see the impact words have. You may not realize how what’s being said is perceived. Learning to express emotions more positively is a great tool for the boardroom or any work situation. You may also use them to repair damaged relationships or build new ones. Learning how to express yourself takes time. It may be a new skill or one that has grown rusty. Through a variety of strategies and techniques, you can choose to engage more meaningfully with problems rather than gloss over them or turn to alcohol or drugs. Effective communication starts with you, so take notes and don’t be afraid to speak honestly and openly. There is immense value in the power of listening and communicating well. Communication is a powerful tool in business and life. Don’t wait to get started learning how to communicate with loved ones about your addiction or sobriety. We are here to help give you some tools to move forward in your journey. Call us at 877-279-1777 to find out how our programs and resources can help you get there.