Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Five Components to Good Communication

We work with families all the time as part of our addiction treatment, and I’ve witnessed some pretty poor communication skills. It’s kind of exciting that after a person goes through an Accelerated Opiate Detox, the patient and his family can start to work on communication skills. Here are five components that I’ve found to be essential:


1. Get clear about what you want to say.

2. Consider the other person’s needs before you get started.

3. Speak from your Own Skin, stay in your own business.

4. Be willing to ask for what you want.

5. Don’t have any expectations about the outcome.


Write these on a bookmark or get a tattoo. Hire me to calligraphy them on your wall. They are most helpful and effective.


Joan Shepherd, NP

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