One of the hardest things about early recovery is that it can make you feel isolated, especially if most of your old friends are drinking/drug buddies. When you make the decision to get clean or to get sober, you may lose some friends. That’s unfortunate, but luckily, you can always make new friends! So how can you go about making new friends who will also be sober? Here are a few tips.
1. Consider talking about your recovery. A lot of people want to remain anonymous, but if you talk about the fact that you are sober and if you are willing to put yourself out there, that may help you to make other sober friends. Speaking out about your sobriety can also give other people the chance to speak out about their sobriety.
2. Find a meetup. Meetup.com is one of the best tools for meeting new people. They have all sorts of groups on there. You can find groups by searching for different interests, and they even have sober meetups.
3. Go to retreats and workshops. Self-development retreats and workshops are a great way to meet people. And you will be meeting people who will be lifting you up and encouraging you to be the best version of yourself that you can be, which is always a great thing.
4. Take an online course. Whenever you sign up for an online course, most of the time, they will have a Facebook group where everyone can connect with each other. This is a great way to get to know new people who have the same interests as you.
5. Go to meetings. Recovery meetings are great places to meet others who are in recovery. Everyone knows about 12-step meetings like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, but there are also groups like Smart Recovery and All Recovery. So definitely check those out.
6. Talk to people you’re already connected to. I don’t know about you, but I have a ton of people on my Facebook that I barely know. Once when I reached out to a bunch of these people on the periphery, I ended up making a lot of really great friends.
Making new friends can seem like an overwhelming challenge sometimes, but luckily, there are a ton of helpful ways to go about it. Just remember that it takes time to make high-quality friends!