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New Friendships in Recovery

Many people come to recovery feeling like they have few friends. When you decide to clean and sober, your old using friends will probably stop calling you. Or worse, they call you although you’re ready to turn over a new leaf and tempt you. (That’s not friendship!) Your using friends may have cared about you, but they still care about getting high. You want to stop living that way, and your recovery comes first. This means that it’s time for you to meet new people and try new things.

Friends in the Same Lifeboat

For many people new to treatment or recovery, the 12-steps and the people who are in the rooms are a lifeboat. When you first get clean and sober, life can seem stormy and scary. In a life boat, you’re traveling only with the essentials. There’s little time for fun and games. Recovery can be a lot of work! Once you’ve detoxed and begun working your recovery program, it’s time to learn to socialize without the use of alcohol or drugs.

Fortunately, you’ll soon learn that the 12-step meetings are more than just a means of survival.

Making friends in the rooms is essential. You may make friends with people because they support your newfound sobriety. That’s one thing you have in common with everyone in recovery – your sobriety itself. Now it’s time to find out what else you have in common!

Get phone numbers, hang out when people go out after meetings, and try to learn to relax and enjoy yourself.

Learning to Have Fun

Recovery friendships may have staying clean and sober as a commonality, but once you’ve started to put some clean and sober together, it’s time to have fun. (Boredom, by the way, can be a big trigger to people new in recovery!)

Do you like to surf? Go to live music or play in a band? Or do you just want to go out to eat with your friends on a weekend night?

Finding other people who enjoy these activities isn’t hard. All you have to do is invite them! Life isn’t all work when you’re sober, but it isn’t all play, either.

Make sure that you’re sticking with some of “the winners” – people who have an active recovery program and seem to enjoy their lives.

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Don’t sit silently as addiction unravels your life. You don’t have to hit “rock bottom” to reclaim your life. Find sobriety and make peace with yourself so you can start the path to healing. Call us at 619-363-4767.




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Mark Gladden brings both personal and professional experience to his role as co-founder of Present Moments Recovery. Now in long-term recovery himself after struggling with addiction for years, Mark understands firsthand the challenges men face in achieving and maintaining sobriety. It was this insight, combined with a desire to help others, that led Mark to establish Present Moments Recovery.

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Your first call will be greeted by one of our intake counselors who will be able to provide information on what program would be appropriate for your situation, as well as information about the process of getting treatment at our facility, if appropriate.

If Present Moments is the right fit for your current situation you will be speaking to Admissions Director Mark Gladden, who will be your guide throughout the process of arranging travel and undergoing an initial detox (if necessary). Mark has been the guide for dozens of men and women who have gotten their lives back by entering treatment at Present Moments. He has earned his reputation as being truly dedicated to the recovery of others. Mark will be the one to ‘show you the ropes’ when it comes to admitting to our facility for treatment

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