4. Communicating Effectively with your Relative and Setting Limits

Benefits of improving communication


Using effective communication skills can help you develop and maintain better relationships with your relative. Clear communication can allow you to better deal with a conflict and help de-escalate a crisis situation. Although improved communication may not solve all problems, it can make the relationship and living situation less stressful.

Some benefits of improving communication may include:

    a greater likelihood of being heard and getting what you want
    a greater likelihood of hearing and understanding the person with a substance use problem
    a greater ability to express feelings, needs and desires
    a greater sense of integrity as a result of not turning to unhealthy communication methods
    a greater ability to set limits
    a greater ability to be supportive and helpful
    less fighting or nagging
    less hostility in the relationship
    less stress.