If you are a recovering addict, especially if you are newly sober, it is crucial to surround yourself with people who understand and who support your goals. We always tell people that they do not have to do it alone, in fact, you should not do it alone.
Find friends who understand you, what you have been through and who take your sobriety seriously. These friends will help keep you focused on your goals. These are the people that you will rely on to have your back when the going gets really tough as we all know that trials and temptations are everywhere. But these are also the people who accept you for who you are and support you for no other reason then they get you. This is usually because they are also on a similar path.
If you have completed treatment at a recovery center, you now know that there is no real solution at the end of a bottle or in any drug. This is why your sober friends are a vital part of your personal recovery because it is founded on mutual understanding, compassion and support. Often, the people who are also on a similar path to yours will be the only people that are holding you up.
Unfortunately, you may have to let go of a great many of your old friends that may still be using. Breaking these bonds can be one of the most painful parts of recovery, but you can continue to build on the strong foundation you already have by attending various post-recovery programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA). Here, you will continue to meet role models and new friends, and also be a part of a support system for others.
You cannot do this alone. Start developing friendships people who you meet throughout your treatment because they are here at the beginning with you. They will understand your struggles at the most fundamental level and will grow with you. If you are invested in your recovery, the relationships you establish with like-minded people at this point will be indispensable to you even after you leave to program.
If you or a loved one has an addiction of any nature or if you need help getting through to an addict, contact us today. We can provide you with quality treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. Don’t wait. Call now.