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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Right Friends for Your Recovery

friends for recoveryA big part of a successful recovery is being surrounded by a solid support group – and this includes the right type of friends. Embracing a healthy life requires making an effort to meet positive people who will support your sobriety and help you to create new exciting memories. 

Putting your new sober self out there socially takes courage, but you can do it. Here’s a little help: 
  • Sign up for a sport or hobby: Check your area for any local running groups, yoga classes, cooking courses or another activity that will allow you to meet like-minded people. You could also consider volunteering, which is a great way to give back to the community and expand your network of friends.
  • Practice, practice, practice: The more you talk to new people, the easier it will become. Try to really make an ongoing effort to make new friends and then keep those relationships going. Like everything else worthwhile in life, creating new friendships takes practice. 
  • Be yourself: It’s likely easier said than done but try to put your best foot forward and be yourself. If you’re worried about getting tongue-tied or saying something stupid, consider doing some role playing with a loved one or trusted friend.
  • Put on your event planner hat: Whether you invite some friends for coffee or a walk in the park, taking the initiative to arrange a get-together will go a long way in showing new friends you’d like to get to know them better. 
  • Be patient: Building friendships is not an overnight process, so be patient and remember each day in recovery is a new chance to become a better friend and a better you! 
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