How to Talk to Your Friends and Family About Your New Sober Life
Dealing with a drug or alcohol addiction is an ongoing struggle. It can be difficult for your friends and family to realize there is much more to your recovery beyond completing a drug and alcohol treatment program.
Some people mistakenly assume you successfully completed the program, so you are cured. However, that is not the case, as your commitment to leading a sober life has just begun.
When speaking to your family and friends about your sobriety, it is important to do what is best for you and your particular situation. In some cases, this might mean finding new friends and social activities to enjoy where you will not be tempted to fall back into old habits. To help you adjust to your new lifestyle, let’s take a look at some common issues that can arise after rehab.
- Dealing with “Triggers” – Every addict has certain “triggers” that could potentially lead to a relapse. Learn to recognize yours so you can share them with your friends and family, as they probably do not know what they are because they do vary. By sharing this information, it will allow them to make adjustments to be more accommodating to your new lifestyle.
- Set Boundaries in Regards to Your Sobriety – You will most likely have some family members and friends who will monitor you constantly to ensure you remain sober. It is perfectly acceptable to tell them to stop—because remaining sober is something you have to do on your own. If they cannot respect this decision, then it might be in your best interests to remove them from your life for the time being.
- Stress the Importance of a Substance-Free Environments – Your friends and family might not understand how vital it is to your ongoing recovery, especially during the first 3 to 6 months after rehab, to avoid social settings and environments that could lead to a relapse. Let them know you can still have fun, hang out, and participate in social activities—just that these activities need to be free from temptations while you build your confidence and resolve to remain sober.
- Explain the Need to Change Old Habits – Often, after rehab treatment, you will need the support of others, like from a sponsor and support groups, who understand where you are and what struggles you are facing on a daily basis. Let your family and friends know, while you appreciate their support, it is essential you reevaluate your lifestyle and make necessary changes to lead a sober life.
- Cut Loose of Family and Friends Who Judge and Criticize – Some people in your life may find it difficult to remain silent and share their criticisms about your sobriety, like blaming you for losing their “drinking” buddy. It is okay to tell these people you no longer want to associate with them if they cannot learn to respect your new lifestyle and be patient with you.
Leading a sober life is challenging, but you are not alone. If you are ready to take the first steps or need support maintaining your sobriety, do not hesitate to contact Florida Coast Recovery at 1-954-990-7101 today!