As you recover from substance abuse, you may reflect on the company you kept while you were using — and in doing so, you may realize that spending time with the same group of people again may be counterproductive to your recovery.

While you may have been used to meeting people in bars or at parties, those aren’t exactly the places to meet friends who will help you maintain your sobriety. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to make new friends that don’t involve drugs or alcohol.

Attend Support Meetings

Especially as you first enter recovery, you may find it beneficial to attend support meetings. While you’re here, remember: other attendees are in the same boat as you. It may be a good idea to befriend people in your meetings — you already have something in common and can help keep each other on track.

Use Social Media

In this digital world, you don’t have to live in the same area as someone to call them a friend. Use social media to find groups, follow hashtags, and “meet” people all over the world who have the same interests and hobbies as you.

Join a Local Sports League

Since exercising regularly can help you in your recovery, why not join a local basketball, kickball, or softball league? You can easily bond with your teammates and find friends in your league.

Speak to Classmates

Most of the time, you probably sit through class and keep to yourself. Next time you head to class, try to speak to a few of your fellow classmates. What begins as casual conversation can quickly flourish into a full friendship.

At Silvermist, we’ve developed a distinctive, person-centered recovery approach that addresses not only the dependency but the life occurrences that often contribute to addiction or prevent you from changing.

Contact us today to get the help you need.