A detox programme often removes toxins from the body. But what about your relationships? Toxic people can keep you stuck in the past and prevent you from moving on. Learn how to confidentially remove toxic people from your life after gambling addiction rehab to continue your recovery success.
How to Identify Toxic People
Toxic people may be your spouse, a friend or even a member of your family. If anyone tries to tempt you back into old habits or do not support your gambling rehab recovery, they may be toxic. But toxic people may also negatively impact your self-esteem, drain your emotional energy and make you want to gamble to cope with their behaviour.
Be Firm and Set Boundaries
Be clear why you want to keep you distance from this person. Once you have communicated your views, leave them alone. If you start responding to text or calls, you will be in the same position in another six months’ time. If you have made a confirmed decision to end the relationship, it is your responsibility to be stick to the rules and say goodbye for good.
Be Ready for The Aftermath
Toxic people do not take rejection well and may cling harder or try to manipulate you into staying with them. This is usually a sign of their own mental health issues, such as anxiety or depression. They may make you feel guilty for leaving or abuse you. Remember to prioritise yourself whilst undergoing gambling addiction treatment. Preparing for the worst will help you keep in control of the situation.
Focus on Your Positive Relationships
Once you have severed ties with toxic people, you will now have more time and energy for positive relationships. Your support network should include those who truly care for you and want to give you their support, rather than their own selfish intent.
If you would like help or advice on letting go of toxic people, please call our trained counsellors on 0800 955 09 45 at our private rehab, The Providence Projects in Bournemouth.