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In the process, they learn mutual respect for others and how to have equality in a relationship rather than power over someone else.When I mentioned to my friend Mark that I was writing this chapter, he said, "Yikes! " He then proceeded to tell me about his own struggles and achievements as he worked on each of these "relationship" Steps.
Paul Chernyak is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Chicago.
Be prepared to hear any answer he might have and accept with grace and understanding if it’s not the answer you hoped for.
When partners of recovering addicts have no personal addiction or recovery experience, it can be helpful for them to know what their loved one has been through and how their loved one developed healthy relationship skills.
Ultimately, these Steps are about asking for forgiveness and forgiving others.
In these Steps, PIRs practice reaching out to other people and face their fear of rejection.My friend Paul told me about helping PIRs make "resentment lists." He said at first they'll say "heck no, I don't have any resentments," until they actually start listing the people and things that make them angry.