The disease of addiction clouded how addicts related to others. It was a disease of perception. Isolated and lost in the self; they did not know how to communicate as addicts. But, in recovery, we learn how to overcome barriers to communication. It’s like learning how to talk once again.
Recovery is a second childhood. Addicts learn how to be part of society and live with life as it stands. They do this by understanding themselves and others. Like everything else, they get good at it over time. It will be a painful, scary, and embarrassing process in the beginning. As they progress, they’ll realise like with recovery, it was all worth the effort.
Tonight, we talk about Communication
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As a result of active addiction, addicts have lost the ability to communicate with others. A great majority of relapses have resulted from poor communication skills. Addicts have been unable to relate to their loved ones in mutual understanding.
What is good communication to you?
What is bad communication?
What gets in the way of good communication?
Why is communication important in your program?
How do you communicate with recovery people?
What form is most effective?
When is face to cae needed?
History of communication in AA
In 1940, about ⅓ of household had a telephone, so early AA communication was face to face.
What are essential parts for you?
What are barriers to communication?
Lack of Boundaries
Inauthenticity / Masks
Aggression / Timidity
How can you overcome barriers?
Engage with others
Have empathy for others
How can you be a better listener?
What do you need to work on better communication?
Who is difficult for your to communicate with?
What can you work on?
Who is easiest to communicate with?
How can you improve?
When did you communicate poorly?
What was your part?
What was the other person’s part?
What would you say to the new person about Communication?
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How do you most commonly communicate with your recovery friends?
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What would be your answer?
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What would you say to the new guy about Communication?
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