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friendshipEveryone has certain friendships that are only surface deep. Those friendships can be great for making small talk, socializing, and expanding our social circle. However, having deeper friendships is important as we journey through recovery. Sometimes you may find yourself in a situation where you simply don’t know how to deepen a friendship. Maybe you are nervous about rejection or stepping outside your comfort zone. 

When we have deep friendships, they can really help us work through mental health challenges and give us a feeling of support on those tough days. Here are three tips to help deepen your friendships as you journey through recovery. 


  1. Affirm Each Other

Offering emotional support or encouragement is a big part of friendship. Feeling as if you have people surrounding you who encourage your success can help you push towards your goals, even on those difficult days. 


  1. Get Vulnerable

Vulnerability can be really difficult for some of us. We want to come across as if we can handle everything, don’t need any help, and feel great all the time. Being honest and vulnerable, however, can help you connect with your friends on a deeper level. If you are open and honest, they may feel more comfortable opening up to you as well. 


  1. Find Time for Each Other

Everyone has a busy schedule. It’s easy to get consumed with your own life, your own busy schedule, and trying to get everything done each day. It is healthy to hit pause now and again and spend time with your friends. Block out time to connect with others. Spending time with friends will help you relax and disconnect from work and your goals. It can also help you support others. Everyone needs support, and it is important to give support when you can. 


Having deep friendships can be helpful as you journey through recovery. If you struggle with mental health challenges, trauma, or addiction, you may find that you spend a lot of your free time alone. Working on deepening your friendships may benefit you in many different areas of your life. Here at The Guest House, we understand that stepping outside your comfort zone can be scary and uncomfortable. There could be many underlying emotions and unresolved trauma that may be stopping you from deepening your relationships. We are ready to help you work through those challenges and gain the tools you need. Call us today at (855) 483-7800 to learn more about our different program options.