Entering treatment for addiction, trauma or other mental health issues can be difficult. It’s hard to admit there is a problem in your life, and it can be especially challenging if you have friends who are also dealing with the same issues.
Ending Troubled Relationships
Troubled relationships can be part of addiction and trauma, whether as the cause of them or as a side effect. During and after treatment, it’s important to remove yourself from those negative situations. People who try to drag you back into your former lifestyle are not interested in your well-being.
Ending those relationships can help you continue on the path to recovery. This isn’t easy, and it may require you to change social groups, jobs or unhealthy romantic relationships, but continuing in these relationships can threaten your recovery.
Finding New Friends
Putting a stop to bad relationships is only part of the process. You should seek to replace those lost relationships with positive friendships. Having positive relationships can help you remain on the road to recovery after you’ve finished treatment.
How do you go about finding new friends? It’s a process that can be intimidating at the best of times, but there are a few ways to approach it that can make finding new friends easier.
Making new friends begins with the decision to step outside and meet people. There are a number of activities that can facilitate meeting new people. These include volunteering, taking a class, inviting a coworker or neighbor to an event or participating in community activities.
Volunteering can be a fun way to meet new friends while also increasing your comfort level with personal interaction. Not only can you interact with new people, but you can participate in a cause that may help someone else.
Taking a class, participating in a club or becoming active in your community can also produce opportunities to meet new friends. Shared interest is often the basis for new friendship. Local colleges often have classes for personal enrichment, while libraries host readings, game nights and other activities.
With all of these activities, it’s important to stay away from situations that may trigger cravings or destructive behavior. The goal of these opportunities is to create positive, supportive relationships, not opportunities for relapse.
Support groups are another place where new friendships can form. The people involved in your support group understand what you’re going through, and it’s likely they are also looking for new friends. Because they know your struggle, there’s no stigma attached to sharing your hopes, fears or concerns.
A support group is already designed to provide positive influence, and taking that beyond the support group into new friendship can create deep and lasting relationships. Providing a support structure for one another can help both of you through recovery.
Finding A Better Path Forward
With the support of positive friends, you can continue your recovery. It’s important to have that support structure, and if your friends truly care about you, they will be there to help you. After treatment, you don’t have to be alone. Positive friendships can make a difference in your life.
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