Toxic Relationships
By: Lakeview Health Staff
Published: November 26, 2020

A toxic relationship is one in which someone is held back and unable to grow. Some relationships can be saved by setting healthy boundaries in your relationships, but some relationships can’t–and shouldn’t–be saved. When people become chemically dependent, their relationships are affected. Since addiction affects the human brain’s survival centers, people often overlook toxic features of a particular relationship as long as that relationship allows them to continue using drugs. Contact Lakeview Health today to learn more about how addiction treatment can help you–or a loved one–break free of a toxic relationship. 

Getting Out of a Toxic Relationship Starts with Treating Addiction

A chemically dependent person will put up with almost anything if it means they will be able to continue using drugs or alcohol. If chemical dependence causes you to feel stuck in a toxic relationship, consider entering a Florida residential drug treatment center in order to overcome the addiction that is causing you to remain in a toxic relationship. The following programs can help you gain self-esteem and the courage to break free of a toxic relationship: 

How To Get Out Of A Toxic Relationship

Once you’ve determined you are in an unhealthy or dangerous situation, the best way to get out of a toxic friendship is to make a clean break. Depending upon the friendship’s history and longevity, it may be advisable to call or have a face-to-face conversation to let them know you need to end the friendship. 

Am I in a Toxic Relationship?

Every friendship and romantic partnership is different. Getting in an argument does not mean your relationship is toxic. A toxic relationship is a pattern of unhealthy behavior that is enabled by another person. A toxic relationship means that one or more parties involved are held back from reaching their full potential. The following issues are indications that a relationship is toxic:

  • Violence
  • Degradation
  • Manipulation
  • Isolation
  • Controlling behavior
  • Refusing to let you leave

It’s important to note not all friendships, regardless of history and longevity, deserve an email or call. Some friendships are so toxic and some people so unreasonable that ghosting them is acceptable. Don’t feel that you must provide closure to the relationship with a conversation. It’s ok to get closure by slamming the door shut and running away. Once you break free from the toxic friendship, you will find yourself sighing with relief because a weight has been lifted. Strive to move forward with your life and make friends who are not radioactive to your emotional health, but rather lift you up and support your aspirations while celebrating your successes.

How To Fix A Toxic Relationship

There are times when you can salvage a toxic friendship. Perhaps your friend is going through a hard time and has become a difficult person due to their life circumstances or maybe even substance use disorder issues. 

In substance use disorder cases, it’s helpful to understand how drug addiction affects relationships, and how the relationship might be saved with some clear communication, time, and substance use disorder treatment that properly addresses co-occurring disorders that might be perpetuating the toxic behavior. If this is something you think your friend or loved one needs, Lakeview Health has an addiction treatment center in Florida to help with substance abuse and behavioral health cases. We offer many treatment options, including:

Ultimately, when the behavior is not a one-time thing but rather cyclical, you may have to consider letting go of the toxic relationship, or you risk being emotionally drained and generally exhausted forever. Contact Lakeview Health today to begin with treatment.