What Can You Do
And, we can repair all of this with work.
First, we can repair our brains through a concept called “neuroplasticity.” We won’t always be in a craving state once we allow our brains to heal. Second, we can repair our relationships with time and intention. Alcohol-free living is a time to evaluate which relationships are most important to us, to apologize without qualifying if necessary, and to learn how to move forward. Couples and family therapy are wonderful options, and focusing on open communication is key. With time, the trust and dependability will return to the relationships that are most important to you.
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