People move into a new sober living environment, sometimes far away from home, and they fail to get connected. One of the most important aspects of addiction recovery is getting the right kind of support, and that means finding new friends and groups of people to be with. When we are in recovery, we often have to start all over again. This is especially so, when we move into a sober living home. New friends make the transition enjoyable and rewarding.
Many times recovering addicts and recovering alcoholics will move into sober living homes in another area, city, or even another part of the country to assist in the recovery process. When that happens, we leave friends and family behind. Our social structure needs to be rebuilt around recovery. Our whole world changes and we need to rediscover our lives.
This is challenging and essential for a successful recovery.
Making New Connections
Recovery groups are an important part of successful sobriety. But they are just a part of the process. If we want long lasting change, we need to do the work of rebuilding our social lives. That means we need to find new friends. We can’t find new family, but we can certainly find new friends.
Finding New Friends
Finding new friends that are either sober or respect our sobriety is one of the most important challenges of a recovering addict or recovering alcoholic. We are social creatures and friends are essential to our well being. Friends uplift us and make our lives fun. Friends are there for us and give us a sense of belonging.
Finding new friends is not easy. It is a process that takes time and has an element of uncertainty. It can take us back to uncomfortable times of searching for belonging in our youth and teen years. But recovery is not easy. This why it is a good idea to start meeting new people and making friends with a recovery support group.
Start With AA
AA meetings are a good place to make friends. The people there understand what new recovering addicts and recovering alcoholics are going through. In fact, a sponsor is really an appointed friend as well as someone there to guide you through your recovery.
Going to AA and getting a new sponsor is a first step in the right direction. Then, as you grow, you can find new friends in your AA circle. However, fiends do not have to be in AA. It does not matter where you find them. AA is just a great place to start. For many recovering alcoholics, AA is a place where lifelong friendships developed.
Don’t Spend Your Time At Home
Sitting at home or engaging in video gaming is not the best approach to recovery. At Serenity Houses, we see some of our residents spending a lot of time around the house and not making the effort to go out and do new things and meet new people. This is a big mistake. It is absolutely essential to get out and meet new people for a successful recovery. Sitting around at home is not going to promote your recovery.
Make The Effort
Make the effort to get new friends. Meeting people may be difficult at first, but one of the most rewarding aspects of getting and staying sober. When you are in a new place and a new sober living environment, make the most of it and it will change your life.
Make the most of it and it will change your life.