Relationships

Before recovery and during the dark days of active addiction, our relationships were often marked by brokenness and pain. Alcohol controlled our lives, and its destructive influence seeped into our connections with others. We hurt the people we loved the most, breaking their trust and damaging the bonds that held us together. Our actions were driven by the insatiable need to feed our addiction, leading to lies, betrayal, and a sense of isolation from the world around us.

However, as we found our way into the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and began the journey of recovery, a profound transformation took place. We faced the wreckage of our past with honesty and humility, making amends for our wrongdoings, and taking responsibility for our actions. Through the Twelve Steps, we unearthed the underlying issues that fueled our addiction and addressed our character defects, seeking growth and healing.

In the process of rebuilding our lives, we also embarked on the path of rebuilding broken relationships. Step by step, we reached out to those we had hurt, offering sincere apologies and making amends wherever possible. We understood that healing those wounds might take time, but we were committed to showing up as better versions of ourselves.

As we progressed in our recovery, we discovered the beauty of starting new relationships based on trust, authenticity, and shared understanding. The fellowship of AA provided us with a community of like-minded individuals who had walked similar paths, offering empathy, support, and companionship. In these rooms, we found a family that welcomed us with open arms, accepting us for who we were and encouraging us to grow.

Through the connections we formed in AA, we learned to build healthy and meaningful relationships outside the fellowship. We were no longer driven by self-centeredness or the need for instant gratification. Instead, we practiced compassion, honesty, and empathy in our interactions with others, fostering deeper connections and genuine bonds.

As we embraced sobriety, we also embraced vulnerability – the ability to share our struggles, hopes, and dreams with others without fear of judgment. This newfound authenticity allowed us to attract like-minded people into our lives, forming connections that were authentic, supportive, and uplifting.

In recovery and through the teachings of AA, we learned the value of community and the strength that comes from supporting each other. As we rebuilt broken relationships and forged new ones, we discovered the joy of shared experiences, the comfort of belonging, and the power of unity. Our journey in AA not only restored our relationships with others, but it also helped us rediscover our sense of belonging and our capacity to love and be loved once again.

  • Affinitasrenascentia

    (noun) The renewed and reborn affinity and closeness experienced in new relationships after recovery. This fresh start and deep connection can be experienced as a result of the new way we have learned to live in recovery; from Latin “affinitas” (affinity, closeness) and “renascentia” (rebirth, renewal).

  • Amicitiaresolidificans

    (noun) The strengthening and solidifying of friendships and bonds in recovery and AA. This process signifies the act of reinforcing and fortifying relationships that were once weakened by the inherent dishonesty of addiction; from Latin “amicitial” (friendship) and “resolidificans” (strengthening).

  • Conexiomutuus

    (noun) The mutual and reciprocal connection and understanding established in healthy relationships after recovery. The balanced and supportive nature of these connections thrives due to the solid framework provided by AA principles; from Latin “conexio” (connection) and “mutuus” (mutual, reciprocal).

  • Familiaritasnova

    (noun) The fresh and novel familiarity experienced in rebuilding relationships with family members after recovery; the new closeness and understanding forged through sobriety; from Latin “familiaritas” (familiarity, family relationship) and “nova” (new).

  • Inceptiocommunis

    (noun) The common and shared beginnings of new relationships formed among individuals in recovery and AA; it signifies the sense of camaraderie and shared purpose in sobriety; from Latin “inceptio” (beginning, start) and “communis” (common, shared).

  • Reconciliatioexintegro

    (noun) The complete and thorough reconciliation and restoration of broken relationships after recovery in AA; the process of rebuilding trust and repairing the damages caused by addiction; from Latin conciliatio” (reconciliation) and “exintegro” (completely, entirely).

  • Relatiosalus

    (noun) The establishment and cultivation of healthy, supportive relationships in recovery; the healing of familial, social, and romantic bonds damaged by addiction; the creation of a supportive network that fosters accountability, understanding, and trust; from Latin “relatio” (relationship) and “salus” (health).

  • Restitutiobenevolentia

    (noun) The restoration and revival of goodwill and benevolence in repairing broken relationships after recovery; the return of kind intentions and positive regard; from Latin “restitutio” (restoration) and “benevolentia” (goodwill, kindness).

  • Rupturaprimordium

    (noun) The origin and root cause of broken relationships before recovery; the foundational issues and challenges that contributed to the fractures in personal connections during active alcoholism; from Latin “rupture” (rupture, break) and “primordium” (beginning, origin).

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