Support in recovery means everything to the person who is sober. While it may diminish your social circle temporarily to cut out people who are not healthy for you, your new positive connections will become a rewarding part of recovery for your journey. Try these tips for building a healthy, clean support network in recovery.
Forming a support network effectively can help you navigate changes in life. It helps to know what you need to make it easier to recognize a person who can be part of your support network. It is important to be honest about your needs, but also to be able to relay it to those around you. Do not be afraid to educate them about what you are dealing with and how you are feeling. If you need them to be more patient and understanding, let them know. You cannot get what you want unless you ask.
Who you include as part of your support network is very important. Making new friends is essential, so it helps to ask:
- Whether they use substances. They should not be part of your network if they do because of temptations and triggers. You can find others who are clean who will support you in recovery.
- How they make you feel. If they are positive, forward-thinking and inspiring, they are likely more fun to be around. Being around negative people can be stressful, so avoid this trait when forming new friendships.
- If they are living healthy lives. Surround yourself with people who take care of themselves and value their well-being which should encourage you to do the same.
While surrounding yourself with others like you provides a sense of comfort and having diverse friendships gives you access to a fresh new perspective. When building support networks, consider attending recovery groups to broaden horizons.
Don’t limit yourself to making friends online, only. Go beyond your comfort zone and interact with others. There are many things that make you who you are. Think about what you are passionate about and get involved. Take a class, volunteer, take a course on computers, and make an effort to meet others there, too.
A big part of recovery is rediscovering yourself, your passions, and life sober. To do this, remain open to trying new things and meeting new people. Even if this is not for you, you may decide to make genuine connections with some people there that will carry through elsewhere.
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