friendships in recovery

For those struggling with addiction and a history of substance abuse, getting better often means finding a new way to respond to life.

That is why residential rehab is such an effective form of treatment – by removing the addict from their environment and placing them in an unfamiliar setting, the addicted individual can focus entirely on their recovery.

That temporary removal is one thing, but when recovering addicts come home, they often return to a changed world.

Their hometown may not have actually changed, but they are now seeing the people, places, and things they used to know with clearer and more sober eyes.

Living a life of recovery will mean building a new network of friends and peers, individuals who share their sobriety and are committed to living in a more productive way.

The problem is that making friends as an adult is not as easy as approaching someone at recess or talking to a friend in the classroom.

Making friends as an adult takes time and effort, but the process is critical for long-term recovery and sobriety.

The good news is that family members can help in this endeavor, encouraging the recovering addicts in their lives to rebuild their support structures and make new sober friends.

One of the most obvious places to find those sober friends is at the 12-step meetings or counseling sessions they are already attending.

Now that they are done with rehab and back home, recovering addicts can reach out to those in their new peer group, slowly building up a network of friends they can rely on.

That will start, of course, with the individual’s assigned 12-step mentor, but reaching beyond that can be very beneficial as well.

Family members can also encourage the recovering addict to reach out to former friends, including people they grew up with. Reaching out to classmates, friends, and others they used to know before drugs can be restorative in many ways, encouraging healing and giving the recovering addict a new lease on life.

Transitional Living

Burning Tree West transitional living program gives you wraparound services after inpatient treatment. It gives you structure, accountability, and a community for continued support.

Transition living will give an environment with like-minded people serious about recovery. It also gives you a place to continue to treat your addiction or alcoholism after you leave treatment.

Having a solid support structure in place is a critical part of getting better and staying sober, but rebuilding a shattered network of friends is not always an easy thing to do.

With so many of their former friendships tied up with alcohol and drugs, staying sober without falling prey to isolation can be an uphill climb, but that does not mean it cannot be done.

The tips listed above can help you, or your loved one, build an amazing support network, one filled with good friends, loyal supporters, and lots of wonderful, and wonderfully sober, activities.