Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Finding New Friends In Sobriety

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Newly sober people are told to stay away from old friends they drank or used with. The decision to become sober is a life-changing choice, a choice that can be freeing and greatly rewarding. It’s not always an easy path, but it’s worth it. An old saying in AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) is “you get out what you put in.”

The more effort you put into recovery, the more rewards you will reap. It’s scary and difficult to distance yourself from previous drinking buddies, but if they’re your true friends, they’ll respect your decisions and not pressure you to drink or use.

If you hang out with old friends in old places, the temptation to use may become overwhelming. It’s hard to change friends and familiar places because it’s comfortable. However, think about the reasons you wanted to be sober in the first place. Ask yourself if your old friends are worth risking your new life of health and happiness.

Sobriety isn’t always going to be a walk in the park, it takes time and effort to get your life back. Remember to be patient, don’t go running back to old habits when times get rough. When you face problems in life without the crutch of substances, your self-esteem will skyrocket. You will know you can accomplish anything, just give it time.

Asking a person you respect in an AA meeting to be your sponsor is a great idea. You can lean on this person in times of crisis. Many meetings have a phone list, and you can call any of those people in times of need as well. It may seem scary at first, but everyone on that list is walking down a similar path and may be able to offer wisdom.

It’s also a good idea to have a relapse plan. If you feel like you’re going down the path to relapse, take a breath and look at the choices you’re making in your life. Contact your sponsor or a friend in AA. Think about why you wanted to become sober in the first place. Remember that drinking or using isn’t always fun, there are negative consequences such as pain, heartache, and legal consequences you want to avoid.

Deciding to live a substance-free life is an amazing choice. There are many drug and alcohol treatment centers that can help you achieve long-term sobriety. Living a life free from addiction is the most satisfying and liberating experience you will ever have.
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