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How to Tell People You Are in Recovery


Recovery is a lifelong journey that comes with many challenges and tribulations that they do not always cover in rehab.

Among these challenges can be telling other people that you are in recovery. For some, this may be easy, but for many others, this can be a struggle that is not easy to overcome.

Tips to Tell Someone You Are Sober

Whether you just finished a faith-based partial hospitalization program or you have been out of rehab for a year now, you may still struggle with how to tell people you are in recovery and sober. This can be a challenge for many recovering addicts, but at Faith in Recovery, we are sharing a few tips to help you navigate your way through this process.

Avoid the details.

Your church group doesn’t need to know about your time at rock bottom. Be brief and move on. Chances are most people are polite enough not to probe you on the subject. You can choose to share the details and talk about your story more in-depth with people you trust.

Do not overreact.

If you do not make it sound like it is a big deal, most people will be quick to move on to the next topic. Addiction is a disease that many people struggle with. You should not feel the need to over-explain yourself as it will only invite more questions that you may not want to answer.

Only tell who you want.

You are not required to tell people you are in recovery if you do not want to, but you also shouldn’t struggle with the burden of hiding it. While you do not need to inform all of your coworkers, you should probably tell your friends so that they can support you. Start by telling those closest to you, and then as you get more comfortable, you can tell others as you see fit.

Lean on your faith.

If you are struggling to tell people about your sobriety, especially someone close to you, you can pray to God for strength. As a Christian rehabilitation center, we understand that early recovery is a difficult time, but relying on your faith can help get you through it. With God’s guidance, you will eventually be able to tell someone you’re a recovering addict without any hesitation.

Forgive yourself.

Before you are okay with telling people you’re in recovery, you may need to become comfortable with your own sobriety. While your Christian addiction programs may have talked about forgiveness, many recovering addicts struggle with feelings of guilt and shame even after treatment. Instead of focusing on the wrongs from your time as an addict, focus on the improvements you already made and your future. Once you forgive yourself, you will be able to look at recovery in a positive light and be more comfortable telling others you are sober.



If you or someone you know is still battling with a drug or alcohol addiction, there is hope. Learn more about our treatment programs by calling us today at 888-280-4763.

Alyssa

Author ~ Alyssa

Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.