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Monday, July 16, 2018

Using Listening Skills in Recovery

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Learning to be a good listener is a crucial recovery skill. Listening fully will help you glean essential tools to physically and mentally heal and to safeguard yourself from triggers and cravings. It will help you to stay motivated and feel inspired and supported by recovery peers. It will also enable you to build trust and friendships and better understand your own strengths, weaknesses and needs. 

Listening isn’t just hearing or waiting for your turn to talk. It involves absorbing, processing and engaging in what another person is saying. To be a good listener, you’ll need to use more than your ears; an open mind and heart are also key. 

And, in fact, there are many types of listening. Here we take a look at a few of the listening skills that may help you make the most of your recovery: 

There are different types of listening in recovery, and you'll probably use several types of listening skills as you work through treatment. Here are a few to keep in mind.
  • Critical listening: This involves taking in the words and information in an attempt to gain knowledge and make decisions. For example, when you’re learning skills to better manage cravings, stress, nutrition or emotional and behavioral control.
  • Discriminative listening: By paying attention to body language and the tone and volume of the person’s words, you'll be able to build a fuller picture of what’s being said. For example, when others are sharing testimonies and recovery stories.
  • Sympathetic listening: This type of listening can make your recovery peers feel more at ease as they share their emotions and experiences with you. 
Counseling for Addiction
Listening skills are especially important during psychotherapy, group and individual counseling, which are cornerstones of treatment for a substance use disorder or dual diagnosis. To learn more about our group therapy services and how they can enhance your recovery, call us today: 805-202-3440.