If you’re new to recovery, then you probably have a few different questions. It’s important to get answers to your questions so that you can set yourself up for success and have an informed recovery and mental health journey. One of the most common questions people have is whether or not they can be friends with someone who drinks while they’re in recovery. In this blog, we’ll answer this question and provide some tips for this specific situation.
Choosing to Be Friends
Being friends with someone who drinks while you’re in recovery can be challenging, but it’s possible. Everyone’s recovery journey is unique and different, so it’s important to consider what’s right for you and what will encourage you to remain sober. Below are a few things to consider if you’re going to be friends with someone who chooses to drink.
Set Clear Boundaries
Setting clear boundaries is essential during recovery, especially during this situation. Consider thinking about things that will make you feel comfortable in social situations and then sharing those things with people around you. Being clear about boundaries is a good way to make sure that you feel supported and that everyone’s on the same page as you.
It’s important that your friends are supportive of your recovery, even if they drink themselves. If you have a friend that isn’t supportive of your recovery, then you may need to evaluate that friendship.
Take Your Time
While it is possible to be friends with people who drink while you’re in recovery, sometimes it can take time to establish your own sobriety and understand your potential triggers. If you’re feeling unsure about your sobriety, then consider taking some time for yourself before you enter into (or continue in) friendships with individuals who drink.
At Avalon Malibu, we understand how difficult sobriety can be. That’s why every Avalon Malibu staff member is compassionate and understanding so that each one of our clients receives a high level of support.
If you’re new to recovery and want some support, we can help. We understand just how complicated and complex recovery can be and we’re here to provide you with the help that you need to succeed. If you’re interested in the services we offer here at Avalon Malibu, feel free to give us a call at (844) 857-5992 and we’ll connect you with an experienced member of our team. It’s never too late to get support during your recovery journey!