How to Expand Your Social Circle in Recovery Part 1

How to Expand Your Social Circle in Recovery Part 1

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One of the most powerful aspects of addiction is its ability to make addicts feel alienated from the rest of the world, and from the people who care about them and want to help them get better. For this reason, recovery needs to inherently have a social aspect that helps addicts overcome this alienation and grow to reach their true potential. Because of this, it’s a good idea to find positive ways to expand your network of social support in recovery. Here are some ways to build out your social circle during this crucial time…

Use support groups

First of all, most philosophies behind recovery, especially those based on the 12-step program, emphasize the importance of social interaction. As such, most recovery and rehab programs will utilize group therapy as a powerful tool. These groups help recovering addicts get in touch with people who can empathize with what they are going through, and can help give tips on how to overcome temptations during this trying period in their lives. Building relationships through these recovery groups helps build a network of people that are all trying to help each other reach true and lasting recovery.

Rebuild family connections

During the period where addiction had the strongest hold on an addict’s life, it isn’t uncommon for bridges with family members to be burned. As stated above, addiction’s most powerful weapon is its ability to alienate an addict from the people who love them. However, if you have truly taken steps towards getting better, and have put the effort into recovery programs, then family members are almost always going to be overjoyed and welcome you back with open arms. Rebuilding these family connections is a great way to get your network of support where it needs to be to continue growing in recovery.

Take up new passions

Recovery isn’t just about not being addicted, anymore. True and lasting recovery is about finding a renewed zest and passion for life. During the recovery period, find new passions and hobbies that make you excited about life again. Not only does this help give your life more purpose, but it also puts you in a position to meet and befriend new people with similar interests and passions to your own.

This article is continued in part 2.