How to Find Sober Friends

You gave rehab and recovery your total focus, commitment and desire to get your life back on track. You faced the challenges of detox and excavated the underlying issues that led you to your substance abuse or addiction. Addiction treatment counselors helped you address these issues and learn to avoid drug or alcohol-use triggers. You established healthy living patterns and developed relationships with other addicts on their path to recovery in your group counseling sessions. You are ready to return to everyday life, maintain your drug-free lifestyle and find sober friends.

Why You Need to Find Sober Friends

You have expended a great deal of physical work, emotional exploration and mental focus towards your recovery, and now you are assimilating back into your everyday life. You know that your commitment to sobriety cannot falter for even one moment, but you know your continued focus on your sobriety is not the preferred topic of every conversation you have with old friends and family members. You need to establish relationships with sober friends who will encourage you to speak freely about the new challenges you face and provide a sounding board to keep you on track.

Make Sober Friends through Networking

If you are looking for a new place to live or for a new job, one of the first things that you do is reach out to people you know who could point you towards opportunities. Finding sober friends is no different. Ask about opportunities to make new friends, and speak to such people as the following:

  • Friends
  • Family members
  • Clergy or spiritual advisers
  • Community resources
  • Colleagues
  • The rehab center or recovery program that you attended
  • Recovery helpline counselors

Make Sober Friends Online

A viable resource for making sober friends is the Internet. Here you can find Facebook pages, blogs, online chat and support groups and other resources that give you suggestions for finding friends who can support your recovery. People gain strength from dealing with others that have shared similar struggles and intimately understand the challenges that arise. Sober individuals have tried a variety of strategies to maintain their sobriety and are able to share these suggestions and give friends options.

Get Help Finding Sober Friends

Finding sober friends is important to help you avoid relapse. Relapse is discouraging, and negative feelings associated with failure put you at risk for continued use of alcohol or drugs. Don’t put yourself at risk any longer. We know it is difficult to take the first step, but recovery is possible. We can help, so please call our toll-free helpline today. We can help you get sober, stay sober and find sober friends.

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