Tips on How Much to Share about Your Addiction from a Benzodiazepine Detox

In order to be successful in benzodiazepine detox and long-term recovery, it’s important that you share your thoughts and feelings about your situation with others such as your friends and family. However, there is, of course, such a thing as sharing too much. Here are some things to consider when you are thinking about what to say to whom about your recovery:

They may already know about your addiction
You should not be surprised if people you confide in about your addiction admit that they already knew, or at least suspected, what was going on. And you shouldn’t be offended by the fact that they didn’t speak up. It’s a problem that has been as hard for them to talk about as it is for you.

Only share with those who will respect your privacy
If someone you care about, and who cares about you, is the kind of person who simply can’t resist sharing a secret, you may not want to tell them much, if anything, about your situation.

Make some progress first
When you’ve made the smart decision to seek treatment, it can be a euphoric feeling. As a result, you may want to share the news with everyone you see. However, it’s a good idea to start making some progress in recovery before you start talking with people about how you’re doing.

Be careful about confiding in coworkers
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with seeking help to beat an addiction. In fact, everything about that decision is right. That said, it’s wise to think twice about what you say to people you work with. It’s surprising how easily a simple statement like, “I’m going to be getting treatment for an addiction” can get corrupted as it makes its way around the office.

Helping You Decide How and When to Spread the News
At our benzodiazepine detox, we have a great deal of experience and expertise when it comes to how to talk with people about your recovery. We can help you make those important decisions. To learn more about our services, contact us at (800) 205-6107.

Content medically reviewed by Vicky Magobet, PMHNP-BC, on October 2nd, 2017.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Diamond House Detox
Vicky is a board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She began her nursing career in healthcare by working in the intensive care unit, and then an inpatient psychiatric hospital. After realizing the mental health needs of both the patients and the families she served, she became a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Throughout her experience working with clients, she has developed a passion for those with dual diagnoses and specializes in helping individuals recognize the issues driving their substance use. This recognition has been crucial to the individual’s success in treatment. Vicky opened Diamond House Detox so that she can address these issues early on in a therapeutic environment to allow clients to transition to the next level in their recovery.
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