The reality of being newly sober after addiction treatment in NJ is that many often find they don’t know their own identity outside of being inebriated. However, it is an exciting opportunity for those that have worked hard to overcome their addiction. There are many positive changes that can happen in your life when newly sober, and that includes some possible adjustments on the part of your friends. 

Experiencing Things Differently

What will change after addiction treatment in NJ?

Life is intensified when you’re sober. It can be as if you are viewing everything through a new lens with a new perspective. Because you are no longer numbed by your addiction, the world can seem magnified. Sounds seem louder, colors seem brighter, and suddenly experiences start hitting you more profoundly. It is wonderful to embrace these moments and the newness of your sober life. However, remember that not all of your friends will understand.

Friend that have not experienced addiction may have a gut reaction similar to a ‘get over it’ attitude. To them, it may seem like overreaction to the smallest things, when in reality it is actually you processing life’s wonderful offerings. While not all everyone will understand your new outlook, try to only foster friendships that lack negative judgment.

Seeking Supportive Friendships

The new intensity that comes with sober living may not always be pleasant. This means finding ways to cope with stressors and learn how to navigate life without around your addiction.

People that haven’t struggled with substance abuse may not understand how difficult it is to live sober. While it’s not the responsibility of your friends to understand your sobriety, true friends will make the extra effort to try and support you through any of life’s challenges. As for those that don’t understand and don’t want to take the time to show you compassion, you may want to spend less time on those friendships.

Get Added Support from Addiction Treatment in NJ

If you’re looking for therapy options to help guide you through your new sober life, contact the Discovery Institute today. We offer a wide range of programs to assist during any stage of recovery.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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