It’s important to understand that you’re not alone in this. Yes, it may get lonely at times, but there are plenty of people who are going through, or have gone through, the same situation and are willing to support you throughout your process. Find them, and lean on them. You can look up support groups in your area. A great idea might be to join a 12 step program. Support groups come in a variety of formats, go to several and choose the one you feel more comfortable at and where you connect best with people. This is an excellent way to get encouragement, support and form some healthy relationships with people who understand you.

Also, think about sobriety as an opportunity to work on your existing relationships with family and friends. Addiction affects not only you but also those who care about you. Chances are they are happy you made this amazing decision and are rooting for you. Talk to them, lean on them when you need to. Healthy and stable relationships are key to a successful recovery. Be around people who motivate you to be better and encourage you to make the best decisions for your life. In this order of ideas, it’s also fundamental to learn to cut ties with people who are a bad influence and may drag you down into old habits. It may sound harsh, but you can’t risk sobriety over someone else. You are your number one priority.

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