Old Friends & Recovery

Returning Home After Treatment

When I got home from being in treatment my friends came by to welcome me home. They said I should celebrate the fact that I got through it. Celebrate for me and my friends means some beer, pot and whatever else we can get. At least that is what it used to mean.

The problem now is that I don’t want to do that stuff anymore, I really don’t. I went to treatment because things were getting bad for me, and my friends knew that. Even though they knew how bad my drinking had become, and that I got a DUI, they didn’t think about any of that now.

New Friends in Treatment

In treatment I met allot of people my age, who were just like me. We were lucky that our parents cared enough and were able to send us somewhere to get help. In treatment I learned about  my addiction and why I was doing what I was doing. I also learned that I could stop now, once and for all.

In treatment they said that it would be important to get some sober friends, go to AA meetings and get a sponsor. They also said that I would probably have to change my friends if I wanted to stay sober and they didn’t. They said it would be difficult but I would have to put my sobriety in front of everything else.

The fact is that I like being sober, and I like how I feel. I feel happy for the first time in a long time, and hopeful about my future.

Making the change

I told my friends that I’m not going to celebrate like that anymore, and called my sponsor. We talked for a while and I’m going to hit a meeting with him tonight.

I may have to let my old friends go, but that is OK. Who knows, maybe by watching what I do now, some of them will want to change what they are doing before they get hurt or hurt someone else. I like this sober life and after all,  it is just one day at a time. Thanks Balboa! —Balboa Horizons Client

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