Friendship is important in all stages of life, but it is especially essential when we face struggles we are not equipped to handle on our own
God did not put us on this Earth alone.
We are here to do life together.
He gave us his Son as an example of how we are to live and love.
He gave us the Holy Spirit as our guide.
And he graciously gifted us friendship with those we've chosen to spend our time with.
Friendship during active addiction looks very different compared to friendship in recovery.
If you haven't had the most faithful friends in the past, it is extremely important that you choose your circle wisely as you go forward in your journey.
A sober support system is so beneficial in early addiction recovery
So Let's talk about what friendship is and what it is not, pertaining to recovery.
We'll also touch on what to look out for and how to spot a high risk situation when beginning to make sober friends. It isn't always easy to end old relationships or start new ones, but we don't want to wind up repeating old, unhelpful habits.
What Friendship is & What it is Not:
Beware of High Risk Relationships
Everyone suggests meetings as a new social spot to meet sober friends and that is oftentimes true, but be on guard for the red flags that we discussed above.
Not everyone in a meeting is sober.
Not everyone in a meeting wants to be sober.
If you are the person in the meeting that is on the fence about being sober - do not seek out others that may be vulnerable to relapsing.
Run away from sin and run to God.
Meetings are sometimes places where people in early addiction recovery find others to use with.
If you are serious about your recovery and even if you are still somewhat ambivalent seek out old timers.
Find the people that have years and decades of recovery and spend time with them.
If you are serious about recovering this will help you immensely.
If you are ambivalent this will save you from falling back into addiction immediately and may give you the insight you need to choose sobriety.
If you do decide to hangout with someone in early addiction recovery outside of a meeting - do not do it alone.
That is a high risk situation.
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Substance Abuse Counselor