Friends and Support: Who Helps and Who Hurts

The need for human connection is hardwired into all of us but finding ways to connect in a healthy manner can be challenging during addiction. Many people have developed a network of friends surrounding their drinking or drug use and maintaining those friendships can pose a serious risk to sobriety. Fortunately, there are ways to make new connections that will support your health and wellness. 

Old Friends

Sobriety is a great time to reconnect with old friends from a time before addiction colored your life. Thankfully, it has never been easier to track down old friends and reach out. In some cases, rebuilding those bridges is a good way to remind yourself of a time when life was not shaped around an addiction. That reminder can help reinforce your commitment to making positive changes.

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New Friends

As you navigate your recovery, you’ll meet a wide range of new people who share your path. Some of those individuals can make excellent friends and will understand your challenges better than someone who has never struggled with addiction. This is especially true for your sponsor, who can be an outstanding source of wisdom and guidance.¬†Take care to choose new friends that share your desire to develop a healthy bond, and don’t hesitate to break away if a new friend becomes a source of stress.

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Family Members

If you’re like many in recovery, some of your family bonds may have been strained during your addiction. However, there is no one who will love you as unconditionally as family, and your loved ones are also your best cheerleaders. Make an effort to rebuild those connections and try to be as open as possible.

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Moving through recovery will have ups and downs but having friends to rely on can make the experience far easier. These are just some of the ways you can build and strengthen your connections with others. Recovery is a complex, dynamic process and one that requires you to sharpen old skills and develop new ones. With the right group of friends by your side, there are healthier and happier days ahead.

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The team at My 12 Step Store is proud to offer a wide range of recovery support tools, reading materials and gifts. These blog entries are shared in the hope of helping you move forward in a manner that supports your health and wellness, as well as your new goals for the future. No matter what stage of recovery you’re in, we’re here to help.

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