Understanding and caring for others is the basis for strong relationships and healthy interactions. When you don’t try to understand others or if you are unable to grasp the feelings that another person is experiencing, your behavior towards them may not be suitable. When one is working on recovery from addiction, empathy is an important factor to help connect both clients and professionals so they can work together more effectively. Empathy helps people related to each other which improves communication, trust, and promotes positive feelings.

How Does Empathy And Therapy Work Together?

Of the many treatments and approaches that a rehabilitation facility can offer clients, human relations and support are the most fundamental. Top-notch counselors who work with clients through therapeutic means have the ability to be hugely impactful on an addict. They can impart either positivity and strength in the client or they can negatively affect a client’s ability to recover. 

Of course, credentials and training are necessary for every therapist. Empathy is also highly important. Studies have been done that indicate the most successful therapists who have the highest rate of favorable outcomes with their patients are very tender. With little empathy, these therapists can actually be ruinous to a patient’s recovery. Treatment centers that understand this will employ therapists with not only the best education and experience but also the highest aptitude for compassion.

Using an increased empathy approach focused on listening is a key part of therapeutic care for patients struggling to overcome their addiction. The study reports that those who suffer from addiction will do much better during their therapy sessions when empathy is a principle element of their treatment versus those who are obtaining general psychotherapy. The strongest relationship between success rates and empathy in therapy is seen when the patient’s issue is addiction. 

Relationships With Loved Ones

Why Empathy Is Important For RecoveryAddicts who are working through recovery need not only to be treated kindly and caringly by the professional team at their rehabilitation facility but they also need it from loved ones. When loved ones exhibit respect and care to those close to them who are struggling with addiction, they will contribute to helping motivate an addict to move forward with giving the treatment a fair try. 

As the path towards recovery continues, it is also important for addicts to develop their own sense of empathy towards others. These individuals are responsible for understanding the trauma and stress their addiction put their loved ones through. Empathy must come in all forms from all parties involved. The more care and consideration that can be implemented in the recovery process the better for healing relationships, healing the body, and healing the soul. The good news is that empathy is an emotion you can learn, one that you can practice, and one that can grow within.  

The rewards are many when it comes to being compassionate towards others. The staff at the medical detox and addiction alternative treatment center at Discovery Place in Tennessee are a critical part of what makes our center so unique. Most of our staff have dealt with addiction and have become sober. Their experience and understanding of the process help them work with residents more effectively because they have been in the same position themselves. They truly understand what residents are going through and their state of mind.

Call our Tennessee detox alternative treatment center anytime day or night at 1-800-725-0922 to discuss your situation and obtain the help you need to get better.



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