There are aspects of recovery which may call for crossing personal comfort zones. One of these aspects is making new friends. It’s tempting to go back to spending time with old friends, but it’s not always the best idea. Especially if old friends aren’t supportive of your recovery by using drugs or drinking around you. So, the best option is to honor your new lifestyle by choosing to spend time with sober friends. There are many benefits to making and keeping sober friends throughout addiction recovery. Examine these advantages so that you don’t miss out on the sober friends you can make throughout your time in treatment!

Sober Friends can Prevent Loneliness and Boredom

It can be easy to become lonely or bored throughout addiction recovery .And, experiencing loneliness and boredom can be a trigger to relapse in the days of early recovery. Change is hard. Addiction recovery comes with much of it. Although steering clear of old friends that don’t have the best intentions in mind and not using addictive substance may be some tough changes to swallow, these steps don’t have to include loneliness and boredom. Making sober friends can allow you to discover new ways to experience excitement. And, new sober friends can provide you with comfort and support from individuals who may have experienced similar emotions and situations.

A Different Kind of Peer Pressure

Just as previous friends may have pressured you to stay at the bar to have another drink, sober friends can help to keep you on the straight and narrow. Sobriety is important to you. It will be important to your sober friends too. And, just as you wished to make your previous friends happy by staying to have that extra drink, you’ll wish to make your sober friends happy by remaining sober yourself. Peer pressure works, even when the tables have turned.

Settling into a Sober Routine

You’ve been used to a life of active using. Staying out all night for drinks or remaining awake for days at a time to use drugs may have been a normal routine for you. In recovery, you’ll find a new routine of sober activities. At first, this adjustment in routines may be challenging to accept. But, sober friends can help to normalize the routine of sober life. Especially if your sober friends have been in recovery a while. Experiencing the sober routine with sober friends can help you gain perspective for how recovery can be–normal.

Telling you What you Need to Hear: The Truth

Throughout treatment and recovery individuals are taught that dishonesty can damage relationships. Often, those struggling with addiction lie and manipulate others to get what they want. This, in turn, brings turmoil to relationships with others. Making sober friends means starting anew with honest relationships. You’ll have the chance to not only practice your own honesty, but understand what it’s like to have friends that tell you the truth. Sure, your previous friends told you what you wanted to hear, but did they tell you the truth? Having friends that will tell you the truth even if it’s not what you want to hear is a huge benefit for recovering individuals. This way, if you are to ever slip up or find yourself on the slippery slope of relapse, your sober friends will be the ones to tell you the truth– you need help.

Building a Network of Sober Support

 

When you meet just one sober person, you have the chance to meet many sober friends. Growing your group of sober friends grows your recovery support. Because sobriety isn’t all fun and games all the time, a network of sober support is always a good thing to have. This way, not only will you always have the help and support you need when the going gets tough, but you’ll have the opportunities to help others on their recovery journey as well.

If you’re ready to step outside of your comfort zone and start establishing new, honest relationships with sober friends throughout your1own recovery journey, The Discovery Institute is here to help! Give us a call to speak with an experienced addiction specialist today at 888-616-7177.

 



 

 

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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