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In the United States of America, we are often taught there is a chemical solution to our life stressors.

Getting back into your social life and routine while maintaining your newfound sobriety status is usually a challenge.

Some of the burning questions on your mind would be how to continue with your old friends and/ or make new ones. Since you would most likely be more vulnerable when out with people, you would want to be wary of possible triggers that could send you back off the wagon.

The mere realisation of the above might make anyone decide against having an active social life. The truth is, you would be hurting yourself more than you would gain by taking this approach.

Another truth is that you can even enjoy a healthier social life than you were used to in the past now that you are recovering and sober. Here are some five tips to make that happen.

What We've Learned

1 Have A Positive Mindset

Giving up on something that you used to be addicted to and trying to get back into the society can leave you with a negative mindset. Feeling less than a person worthy of the society isn’t worth your day though. If anything, you should commend yourself for being strong enough to take the decision that many don’t till it’s too late.

Thus, a positive mindset will usually be the first thing to build. Only then can you enjoy your sobriety, avoid relapse and attract people of like attitude.

2 Learn to Let Go

One of the most common sayings in recovery groups is the Serenity Prayer which asks for ‘the serenity to accept the things [you] cannot change.’ As a recovering alcoholic, one of those things you might not be able to change are your friends.

You can’t blame them though. The fact that you made a decision to let go of that life doesn’t mean you can impress it upon them too. However, associating with them is one of the fastest ways to suffer a relapse. You would thus want to let go of old relationships that could trigger the old habits.

3 Practice How to Say ‘No’

To make the most of your latest foray into the social world, you must also learn how to stand firm on your decisions. Saying ‘no’ might seem a small task till you are surrounded in a party by a lot of eager eyes, all egging you on to chug that big cup of frothing beer.

That might not always be the scenario. Whatever it is, make sure you say no – and mean it! It will slowly catch up on your company and you won’t get such invitations anymore.

Additional Insight

4 Make New Friends

Quality friendships plays a huge role on our mental wellbeing and aids recovery tremendously. As a newly sober person, chances are you are part of a group with the same intentions.

You could make a new friend right within the groups you join. Find new hobbies (rock climbing, swimming, playing sports of any kind, etc) that will bring more solid friendships into your life.
Connect more and in a little while, you would have built yourself a new community of like-minded people.

5 Prepare for Emergencies

The first few months after giving up on your addiction are usually the trickiest of them all. To prevent what could be classed as an involuntary relapse, you should plan ahead for social situations when things get out of hand.
Emergency preparedness could range from the contact of a close friend or even a taxi on dial. When it feels like you can’t handle the urge, it might be time to talk to someone – or to just leave.

The very last thing you should do is obsess about your addiction. You have identified the faults and taken the high road. There is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of there. Rather, you have all the reason in the world to step out with your head high and start living a normal life again.

Intervention Services

There is no one right way to address a loved one who may be suffering from addiction. Often the person suffering from the addiction is not only in denial but is unwilling to listen to their family or loved ones. In situations such as these it may be beneficial to seek the help of an addiction professional. Swift Recovery Solutions has certified interventionists that will to meet with you and your loved one. Your dedicated counselor will work with you to determine if the help of an interventionist may be needed.

Family Medical Leave Act

One of the hardest aspects of dealing with addiction is finding the time to not only identify the solution, but to get time off to handle it. Your dedicated counselor will not only help streamline the paperwork but work hand in hand with your HR department to get you the time you need to get better. The FMLA is protection offered to you that guarantees your job will be held for you while you are getting the necessary treatment. Working with HR, Swift recovery solutions will take the burden off you or your loved one, giving you the confidence to start down the path of better happier lifestyle.

Your Health Insurance

Our experts walk you through understanding the complexities of your health insurance, including:

  • Deductible, Out of Pocket Costs, Medications, In network vs. out of network, policy limits and exclusions.
  • The financial burden associated with going to treatment can be daunting. SRS has sponsors and scholarships available to assist in covering the individuals portion of treatment expense’s.

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