Find Local Treatment Options
Call 800-481-6320 to speak with an alcohol or drug abuse counselor.

Socializing and Making Friends in Treatment

As you progress through treatment, it’s common to feel as if you need some social element as a part of your recovery. Safe socialization and making friends in recovery is a huge part of healing. It’s common to feel a little uneasy, scared or otherwise out of place at first but as time goes on things get better and more comfortable—even in terms of socializing and making friends.

Before you take the leap and start making new friends in treatment, consider the following:

  • Safety comes in numbers so before making a decision to meet with a new potential friend outside of treatment, consider a group outing that keeps you with others.
  • Keep in mind that friendship is often about listening and understanding—be a good listener just as you would like someone to listen to you.
  • Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone—new friendships are often built when two people step out of their comfort zone.
  • Open up and be honest.

Friend or Foe

Making Friends

It is likely that any friend you make in rehab has similar recovery goals as you do.

As a result of addiction, it’s common to have a problem with trusting others and with trusting yourself to make good judgement—especially in social situations. If you’ve met someone in treatment that you believe would make a good friend outside of treatment, don’t immediate pass the potential relationship off as a negative option simple because you met the person in treatment—remember, you’re in treatment too!

Most of the people who are in recovery are also much like you and looking for a good, clean friendship with likeminded individuals who share similar recovery goals. If you continuously see an individual in treatment, there’s a good chance they are taking the same exact steps you are towards getting well—and there’s a great chance that they are also looking for a friend.

However, don’t drop your guard to a point in which it jeopardizes your healing and recovery. Remember that triggers, spending time with the wrong people, or being confronted with stressful situations can quickly lead to relapse if you’re not careful so keep in mind, when meeting new friends, that your first focus must always be on your recovery and healing.

More Questions?

If you have more questions, call our helpline toll-free to talk with someone who can explain more to you about what it’s like to make friends in treatment. We can even help you find a treatment program near you for immediate help. Call 800-481-6320 for assistance.

Can My Friends Visit Me at a Rehab Center?

More Rehab Centers Resources

Why Christian Rehab is Effective

spirituality and addiction

An addiction to drugs or alcohol not only interferes with an individual’s physical and psychological well-being, the spiritual impact that an addiction can have on a user is also very deep. Often times, users are unable to fully heal from the pain that is caused by their decision to use drugs unless they get adequate….

Continue reading

Benefits of Drug Therapy in Addiction Treatment

addiction treatment

According to the NIDA, “Medications are an important element of treatment for many patients,” and drug therapy uses pharmacological treatments to help those in addiction rehab. There are many benefits to the use of drug therapy for this purpose, and in most cases, it is a helpful treatment especially when paired with counseling. Some of….

Continue reading

How to Get Help for Alcohol Addiction

Let us help you overcome your alcohol addiction!

Alcohol addiction is a common problem that affects many more people than one may think. When you are addicted to alcohol you may feel like there’s no possible way for you to stop drinking but if you are willing to try then there is support available to help even those who have been addicted to….

Continue reading

Who Needs Meth Rehab?

meth addict in need of rehab

Crystal meth causes a sudden rush of euphoric pleasure that can last for somewhere between six and twelve hours. Most people who become addicted to meth continue to use the drug because of the euphoria that it causes within the brain and partially because of a later desire to control the crash that results when….

Continue reading

Importance of Long Term Rehab in Recovery

long term rehab in recovery

According to the Institute of Medicine (US), “The length of time in treatment consistently has been found to be an important determinant of both short- and long-term improvement.” Recovery is a process of changes for the better and there is a grave importance of long-term rehab in recovery that many people just don’t get when….

Continue reading

Alcohol Abuse vs Alcoholism

Understand how alcohol abuse and alcoholism are different.

We don’t always realize that there’s a problem with alcohol until it’s too late – unfortunately this is the point in which alcohol abuse transitions into alcoholism. Alcohol consumption is somewhat the norm in the United States and amongst many other countries in social situations, gatherings and even at major events. For some, alcohol consumption….

Continue reading

Understanding Drug Rehab Insurance Options

Drug rehab insurance can help you with the high costs of rehab.

Many insurers cover drug treatment to some extent whether it’s comprehensive coverage that will pay for the entire cost of a drug rehab center or your insurer only covers certain aspects of treatment it’s important to understand what you options are for drug rehab insurance before you enter into a treatment program. Some questions you….

Continue reading

Alternatives to Traditional Drug Addiction Rehab

addiction treatment

Formal drug addiction treatment at a traditional rehab facility is still considered to be the best possible option for most individuals with substance use disorders. Formal treatment can be either in an inpatient or outpatient-based facility, and usually consists of a treatment plan including medication, therapy, and several other medical care options (depending on the….

Continue reading

5 Sure Signs You Need Prescription Drug Rehab

treatment for drug addiction

Many people don’t understand the seriousness of prescription drug abuse for one very simple reason: they believe these drugs to be 100 percent safe. While it is true that these are safe to take under the eye of a medical professional, there is always the possibility of abuse and addiction. Just the same as street….

Continue reading

The Importance of Marijuana Rehab for Teenage Marijuana Use

Let us help you find your teen a marijuana rehab program!

Every teen goes through significant changes as they grow older and often times they remove themselves from their parents which makes it difficult to talk to them. If you are already having trouble talking with your teen as it is, talking with them about their suspected marijuana use can be even more difficult. The fact….

Continue reading

Still can't find the help you are looking for?Get Started Now
Accepted Insurances / View the full list
For inquiries call800-481-6320

Accepted Insurances Does My Insurance
Cover This?

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This