Finding Friends After Addiction Recovery

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Humans are social beings. We instinctively strive to connect with others, and we require support to function optimally.

If you are trying to make friends while sober — especially after completing addiction treatment — you may wonder where to start. Luckily, addiction recovery represents a prime opportunity to form healthy new friendships. It just takes time. 

Why Make New Friends While in an Addiction Recovery Program? 

Treatment can start you on the road to recovery, and recovery is the way to a better life. For healing to be long-term, however, making new, supportive friends is important.

There is nothing quite like a friend or recovery group that understands what you have been through. Finding a recovery group full of like-minded people — whether online or in-person — can provide social resources and help with concerns at home, work or school. There is also a great chance that some of these acquaintances will become your lifelong friends. 

Research shows that community and social support are essential in maintaining long-term recovery from substance abuse. For this reason, it is essential to choose sober friends and find supportive networks after addiction recovery instead of solely focusing on ending substance abuse patterns. 

The Importance of Choosing Sober Friends 

When you choose sober friends who have also struggled with addiction, you will feel genuinely understood and supported. 

It is often much easier to coordinate plans and schedules with sober friends. Sober friends are less likely to smoke or consume alcohol or drugs in your presence, which crucial when you’re rebuilding an addiction-free life. 

To find friends post-addiction, look in the following areas:

  • Social spaces
  • Fitness or recreational centers
  • Community support groups
  • Online forums
  • Social media

How to Make Friends Sober 

Below are four action steps you can take to find meaningful connections after addiction recovery:

  1. Decide on the type of person you want to be. With sobriety comes a fresh start. Before choosing sober friends, it can help to determine your boundaries, morals and the values on which you want to build your sobriety. 
  2. Listen attentively to others. One of the most powerful tools you can employ in sobriety is the act of listening. You can learn so many things when you listen to others — their goals, personality traits, what and who they treasure, the quality of their sobriety and more. 
  3. Observe the actions of others. We all know actions speak louder than words. It’s essential to make sure your sober friends not only talk about sobriety but pursue it on an ongoing basis. 
  4. Know you have the world at your fingertips. As you learn techniques to live a sober life, you will encounter many unknowns. However, as you face new challenges and overcome them, you will find a new sense of freedom and excitement.

Be Patient With Yourself When Finding Friends Post-Addiction 

When finding friends after addiction recovery, it’s essential that you treat yourself with compassion. Patience is integral to long-term success, and there is always help along the way. 

If you want to learn more about opioid addiction treatment and recovery, BAART Programs can help. Reach out to us online or call 844-341-4040.

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