Josh Billings once said that “Silence is the hardest argument to refute”. Though, as Lao Tzu would say, “silence is a source of great strength,” silence can also be “..one of the great arts of conversation,” as Marcus Tullius Cicero said. Silence isn’t always comfortable. When you are supporting someone in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, silence an be an eerie reminder of days past. You would lose track of your loved one, go days without hearing from them, only to receive a desperate call for help some day later. You are rightfully concerned when your loved one goes silent. However, silence is a tool they are learning to use in order to effectively regulate their emotions. Silence is an opportunity for reflection, introspection, integration, and restoration. Learning to communicate the need for personal quiet time can take time, which isn’t a convenience to you. Here are some things to keep in mind when your loved one goes silent in recovery:
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