Whether you are still struggling with addiction or you are at a stage of recovery, the people you keep in close contact with have a huge impact on your sobriety — or lack thereof. There are going to be people in your life who support your seeking help for your substance abuse, while there are others who may contribute to the problem, albeit unknowingly in some cases.
Consider the following points when it comes to who you keep in your social circle.
How Those Close to You Affect Your Sobriety
Humans are social creatures — we have a biological desire to be around other people. And those you keep close to you can aid or hurt your recovery.
Social Circles Influence Your Choices
Even if you are the most independent person around, everyone is at least slightly influenced by their social circles. Sometimes it’s as simple as picking up small mannerisms, while other times, it’s picking up bad, potentially dangerous habits.
If you’re unsure of whether or not your social circle has had a positive or negative impact on your life, ask yourself these questions:
Where Do You Spend Your Time?
Do you change up where you meet — restaurants, bars, movie theaters, coffee shops, each other’s homes — or do you primarily spend time at bars? While it may not seem like it, if it’s the latter, you could be building a social life around alcohol and drugs.
How Do You Spend Your Time?
Is the majority of the time you spend together spent having deep conversations or trying new hobbies, or do you mostly drink or do drugs? While we all have friends who we mostly only grab a quick drink with, if you’re consistently drinking or doing drugs with certain people, you could form some bad habits.
When to Change Your Social Circle
There will likely be a time when you have to sit down and really think about whether or not you should keep them close to you. Signs it's time to cut some people out of your social circle include:
You notice you’ve picked up bad habits related to drugs or alcohol from them
They only want to hang out when substances are involved
You’ve gotten into legal trouble because of them
They do not support your recovery (i.e., they think it’s pointless or still encourage you to use)
Young Adult Addiction Rehab in Pennsylvania
The young adult addiction rehab treatment program at Silvermist Recovery Center is built to combat the disproportionate number of young adults who have fallen into addiction. Our team of specialists is dedicated to helping them address the unique issues they face at their age so that they can move forward toward a brighter future.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you or a loved one.