Social circles change when people are in recovery. There is a new opportunity to move forward and find new people and friends. One of the biggest hurdles when making a change is surrounding yourself with people who are positive influences. Not all social circles are positive. Toxic friendships and relationships can drag down recovery. Find out why a social circle detox is key and how to set recovery on the path to success with some changes.
Taking inventory is difficult. It means taking a good, long, hard, look at the people in your sphere of influence and looking to see what they are doing there with you. They may be there for a reason, but you don’t have to keep letting them take up real estate. People may be in or out of your life, but they can be in your head. Don’t let people take up negative influence in your life, whether it is in your head or in person. It is important to understand how the people in your life got there and why they have the impact they do. As you move forward, you can learn to build better relationships and not have so much destructiveness going on.
When detoxing your social circle, you may need to set guidelines for how people can be around you. This is a good approach to dealing with loved ones who drag you down. Instead of telling them you’ll be in town and want to see them, let them know just ahead of time and structure short periods of time to see them. Go on group outings to prevent being with them one-on-one. Ask yourself who is in the room with you and whether or not they hurt you. Be sure you focus on positivity in your life. This is one of the best ways to clean up your social circle because negative people won’t have any of it.
Why Detox Works
Your social circle says a lot about how seriously you take recovery. If you are hanging around old friends who encourage bad habits, you are going to be more susceptible to engaging in those bad habits right alongside them. If you are able to stay further back from them, you may not need to cut them out of your life. You may just need to cut down on your interactions with them and focus on how you can heal from addiction and stay sober. Your goal is not to give in to the old routines and habits that got you into trouble in the first place. This means setting your sights on new people and new faces who will support and encourage sober living, no matter what.
Oceanfront helps you focus on sobriety and encourages your recovery with professionals who can help you navigate the journey. We provide resources and tools through rehab that include therapy, group work, and more so you can learn how to have better relationships with yourself and others that boost recovery. We are located in beautiful Laguna Beach. Call us to find out how we can help you navigate addiction recovery: 888-981-4295