Part of the process of recovering from any type of addiction includes rebuilding broken or strained relationships. Whether it's with a spouse, a child, or a coworker, the dynamics of each particular relationship is unique. Rebuilding trust is the crucial element to restoring most relationships that have been damaged by addiction. How is trust rebuilt? This happens only with time and a proven track record. One of the biggest problems with rebuilding relationships is that the recovering addict usually expects people to trust him or her too soon. While successfully completing a rehabilitation program is obviously a great start, it's only the beginning. It's not realistic to expect others to completely trust a recovering addict days or even a few weeks after leaving rehab. Below we will give a bit of insight on the general process involved when attempting the task of rebuilding relationships.