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What are relationships?

Relationships are the connections and interactions that link people together. You have relationships with everyone who touches your life.

You have relationships with each of your family members and friends. You have connections to others in the community staff and peers in your treatment program.

Some relationships are casual, like when you say hello to someone you see every day, but you don’t really know. Your most important personal relationships are with those closest to you, such as a favorite family member, mentor, best friend, or partner.

Close, personal relationships often develop from spending time with casual acquaintances. To improve the quality of your relationships, you will want to make responsible choices about those with whom you decide to spend your time.

Close relationships require that you risk showing the “real you” by sharing your thoughts, emotions, and experiences. Healthy relationships take time, energy, and patience.