This section seeks to outline what it means to have healthy relationships and how people can achieve them.

The concept of “relationships and family” is very broad, complex, and unique to each person’s life situation. Definitions of relationship often mention “a state of connectedness” between people, especially an emotional connection.

Healthy relationships are a vital component of health. The health risks from being alone or isolated in one’s life are comparable in magnitude to the risks associated with cigarette smoking, blood pressure, and obesity. As the healthcare system looks to reduce costs, family and support networks are an essential component of a person’s overall recovery process.

Strong social ties lead to feelings of purpose, stability, security, and recognition of self-worth, which ultimately results in greater self-care. Social networks also provide a sense of belonging, security, and a community where people can share their concerns and needs and support others.