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Connections and Relationships in Recovery

By: Amanda Pitchko, Alumni Representative at The Renfrew Center of Southern New Jersey

Posted on January 07, 2019

Before these women were alumni of the program, the idea of creating connection to others or to their own bodies was a distant thought.

In the most recent alumni event ran at The Renfrew Center of Southern New Jersey in December, the theme of connection and relationships continue to be a relatable topic. However, now that these women are in recovery, their perspectives are vastly different than when they began their journey. One of the most powerful components of the recovery process is the group community. The women take risks and allow themselves to relate to one another by being vulnerable.

For some, connecting through alumni events or Multi-Family Groups are the only ways to feel validated for experiences they have encountered. For many, they still struggle to connect and have an authentic relationship with their bodies. One of the most noteworthy takeaways from the group experience is the willingness to utilize mindfulness techniques such as connecting with their breathing, guided imagery and anchoring in the present moment to recognize what their bodies are trying telling them.

Alumni shared that they used to view their bodies as this foreign entity and it is now a source of information. The alumni also participated in a creative arts activity that allowed them to see more concretely their relationships with others by identifying the various roles they play in their lives and the value they assign to each role. The alumni verbalized that they are able to partake and experience many more facets of their interests and grow deeper in relationships with others because of being in recovery.
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