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Sober Relationships after Addiction

Sober Relationships after AddictionDrug abuse and addiction often occur in a social context. Many Boise residents may begin using drugs or alcohol because their friends are doing it, but eventually they use alone only after addiction sets in. In other cases, people may be drawn together due to a shared interest in drug use. In either case, quitting drugs while your friends still use will change the nature of the relationship. Boise relationships can be damaged due to one person’s drug abuse, but recovery can be an opportunity to rebuild relationships with both friends and family members.

Can I Stay Friends with Drug Users after Rehab?

When you stop using drugs or alcohol, you may notice that your friendships change. In the best case scenario, your example may encourage your Boise friends to begin recovery themselves. However, what is more likely is that you realize you no longer have much in common. It may well be that drug or alcohol use was the basis of the friendship in the first place. You may face a difficult decision whether to continue the friendship or not. This is a personal decision and depends on myriad factors, but the most important factor in this equation is your continued recovery. Friendships that threaten your recovery may not be worth maintaining.

Rebuilding Relationships after Rehab

One of the best sources for addiction support is relationships with sober people. There may be people from your past with whom you have lost touch due to your drug use, and recovery can be an opportunity to reconnect. You can also mend family relationships that you damaged with your addiction. In fact, one of the steps in 12-step programs is to apologize to people you hurt when you used drugs.

It is also advisable to form new relationships with sober individuals. After all, you are entering a new phase of life, and it can be a good idea to find new friends as well. Boise residents who enjoy life without drugs or alcohol can encourage you to remain sober, teach you how to live a drug-free lifestyle and give you ideas for coping with stress without drugs.

Boise Addiction Help

There are many resources available to help recovering addicts, and they may even be a good resource for making new friends who encourage rather than threaten sobriety. Support groups may also hold social functions where recovering addicts can have fun and socialize in drug-free settings. However you approach recovery, eventually you can venture out into the world and realize how much fun you can have while sober.

If you live in Boise and would like further help building sober relationships, please call our toll-free helpline today. Counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions and help you find support right now.