Are Friends Making Addiction Worse? Continued.

Welcome back. In our previous post, Legacy Freedom talked about how our friends can make our addiction worse. Even after drug rehab in Charlotte NC, our friends can be negative influences on us. Our hard earned recovery time can be compromised in the blink of an eye, just by hanging out with old friends.

Friends Can Make Addiction Worse | Drug Rehab in Charlotte NC

Sometimes, those dealing with an addiction don’t realize when friends make their addiction worse. Below, you’ll find more things to look for in friends that might be enabling us to use drugs.

They Have No Life Outside of Drugs

Do your friends spend all their waking hours using drugs? Do they sit around in someone’s basement, drinking and doing drugs until the next morning? If so, they have no life outside drug use. Because their days are filled with substance abuse, it might be best to distance yourself from them. Whether you are in recovery or thinking of visiting a drug rehab in Charlotte NC, make it a point to find new friends or at least spend as little time as possible with them.

They Refuse to Have Sober Friends

Have you told your friends that you’re thinking of recovery? How did they react? Are they threatening to ditch you? Friends that have no desire to have sober friends aren’t helping you beat your addiction. They want to encourage you to do drugs so that they’re able to make sure they can continue to use.

If you haven’t seriously perused recovery because of your friends and their reaction, you might be feeling guilty for thinking that you’d like to start a healthy new life, drug free. You’re scared to lose your friends and social life. They’re scared, as well. But, the first step toward recovery is understanding that it is the best thing for you. Changing your lifestyle is the key to your sobriety and possibly, your friends', as well.

They’re Not Real Friends, Anyway

Friends are supportive, productive and lead the healthiest lifestyle possible, especially friends of an addict. Real friends should support your decision to follow the path of recovery. They should understand this even if they’re not ready to follow the same path.

Those that try to encourage drug use and addiction aren’t really true friends. Being a good friend means listening, helping in any way possible and supporting a decision to recover.

Don't ever feel like you're stuck being an addict because you feel guilty or worry that you're turning your back on friends. Living a healthy, drug free life is more important than worrying about how friends feel about you.

If you are suffering from an addiction and are not sure where to turn next, know that help is here. Regardless of how bad your drug or alcohol use has become, Legacy Freedom is always available. You’re not alone in this. Recovery is just a phone call or visit away.

Contact Legacy Freedom to learn about more about our tailored outpatient therapy and drug rehab in Charlotte NC. We are here to help you get back on track to a healthier, happier life.

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