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You may be accustomed to meeting friends (and that term is used loosely here) in bars, crack houses, or shooting galleries, but now that you’re in recovery, it’s time to meet people who will become your tribe. We know it’s hard to change your life as much as you need to in order to stay sober, but the payoff is worth it. If you feel like you’re missing out, or your old friends are missing you, we hate to break it to you, but they’re not. Anyone who was willing to hang out with you while you were drinking or using like you were, is really only going to care about drinking or using—not the people that came with it.

You have options now, whereas before, you were limited to meeting people who shared the common interest of drinking or using. Recovery programs are an excellent place to begin. 12-Step meetings, such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are widely available, and if you’re interested in other programs, like Refuge Recovery or SMART Recovery, you should try them out. The more proactive you become in your recovery, and the more you put yourself out there, the easier it will become to meet new people.

Go online, and check out different Meetups that don’t involve chemicals. Volunteering is also a great way to meet others who share similar interests and care about whatever it is you are passionate about. If you’re not passionate about anything yet, try out new things that interest you. You may just find your calling along the way. Meeting other people who are clean and sober is not only important in terms of friendship, but having those people in your corner when you need it most, could save your life.

Go early and stay late after meetings, volunteer or ask for a commitment, and get phone numbers from people. Reaching out may feel uncomfortable in the beginning, but everyone in recovery has been in your shoes and they want to help you. If you are still struggling with addiction, we want to help you, too. Medical detox is the first crucial step toward getting healthy and living a full life in recovery.

At the Guest House Ocala, our state-of-the-art detox center will provide you with the highest level of comfort and privacy in the industry. The sooner you call, the sooner you will get through withdrawal and begin to feel better. We are available 24/7, toll-free at 1-855-483-7800. Give us a call, you can do this. Your life can change, and you can recover.