Successfully completing a drug and alcohol treatment program is a huge milestone in one’s life and the recovery journey has only just begun. Establishing healthy and positive relationships during this time is crucial to maintaining your sobriety goals and it is important to rid yourself of people who will only try and bring you down or people who will enhance your temptations to use again. Healthy relationships with family members, friends, and other people in the recovery community will allow you to truly grow as a person and increase your happiness and positive outlook on life.
Whether you have a significant other guiding you through recovery or a really close friend, it’s important to have a strong support system in your corner with the best intentions at heart. The early recovery stages can come with a lot of challenging situations that may cause you to have strong sudden urges to use again. Banyan Treatment Center recommends that you have someone who you completely trust to call at any time when the temptations are very much present. This person can be a shoulder to lean on and someone to talk to when you are experiencing hard times. Just being able to talk through a situation can allow you to reevaluate the risk factors and help you remember how far you’ve come through recovery.
We encourage all recovering addicts to attend regular recovery programs to help you meet new people who were once in the same shoes as you. You can find a friend during unexpected times and a healthy relationship will allow you to stay on the right path and maintain your sobriety. Healthy relationships include effective communication and being able to enjoy each other’s company through shared interests and activities. Motivating each other will build confidence and strength.