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5 Ways to Make Friends Other Than Going to Meetings

5 Ways to Make Friends Other Than Going to Meetings

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Author: Shernide Delva

The early stages of recovery can be a tumultuous time. After all, you are entering a new way of living.  One challenge those in recovery face is making new friends. Sometimes the only friends a person has are the friends they used drugs with. Those friends are certainly not ideal.

The first advice most people offer is to find friends in 12-step meetings.  While fellowships like A.A. and N.A are great places to meet people, one should not be limited to meetings to make new friends.

There are hosts of places where sober people can socialize and meet well-rounded people.  Making friends as an adult is challenging, and sobriety intensifies that challenge. However, there is hope.

Other than 12-step meetings, there are a plethora of resources available to make new friends. You do not have to go bar hopping to meet friends like you used to.

Here are five ways to make new friends in sobriety other than meetings: 

  1. Check Out Local Meetups.

    Meetup.com is a great way to track people who are interested in similar things as you. You can find people to play ultimate Frisbee on a weekly basis, or you can find an art group. There are so many sober activities on Meetup. Nowadays, there is an increasing trend of individuals trying to find activities to do that do not include drinking. Take advantage of this.
    Meetups are run by independent organizers, and they range tremendously. Everyone can find something they are interested in on Meetup. If you do not find something that interests you, then create your own Meetup! You’ll be surprised by who could possibly show up, and it’s a great way to develop your leadership skills.

  2. Go to the Gym.

    It can be difficult to work out, especially in early recovery, but going to the gym is a great way to make new friends. Fitness classes and exercise groups are great ways to make friends with people who care about their health. Even if they are not sober, people who workout are usually more conscious of what they put in their bodies.  Plus, working out is good for you, so it is a win-win.

  3. Reconnect with existing friends.

    Another way to make friends is to connect to people you already know. For example, if you are in a new area, ask around and see if there are friends-of-friends around that you can connect with. Contact your existing friends and see if they know anyone that they can introduce you to. Maybe one of your friends knows someone in your area who loves art or writing as much as you do. Network and build your circle using these types of strategies.

  4. Tap into your Facebook Network.

    Facebook has nearly 2 billion active users, and it has the tools to help you connect with tons of potential friends. There are a variety of groups you can join on Facebook to meet people with similar interests. For example, there are travel groups with hundreds of thousands of members in them.  People connect through groups like this all of the time. Join Facebook groups based on your interests and track people in your area to connect with. Like any scenario, be safe and always meet in a public place.

  5. Socialize More.

    If you are an introvert, it can be difficult to open yourself up while doing day to day activities. However, this is an excellent way to meet new people. Whether you are running errands or going to work, everyday ventures are an opportunity to connect with people. The more you talk to people, the more people you will meet. I hate small talk as much as the next guy, but I have to admit, those who do more of it reap the benefits of having more connections with people.
    You can meet people while shopping for a new blouse or getting your hair washed. Put yourself out there and open yourself to new friendships. You’ll be surprised at the results!

Overall, recovery is a great time of reinvention and with the reinvention comes the opportunity to build your social network. Creating a solid group of friends is an excellent way to maintain your sobriety. You will begin to learn a variety of ways to have fun without the use of drugs and alcohol.  You do not have to meet friends only in meetings. The world is your oyster.  If you are currently struggling with substance abuse, call now. Do not wait.

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Sober Gym Rats: 5 Signs You Are Addicted to Exercise

Sober Gym Rats: 5 Signs You Are Addicted to Exercise

Do you lift? If so you may want to grab your protein shake and have a seat, because some people in recovery tend to forget how our personalities work, and how working out can have its effects on your health and sobriety. Exercise is considered to be both physically and psychologically beneficial, however exercise without limits and pushed to extremes can be harmful or become very addictive. It may be good to help get your body back in order after the damage done by drugs and/or alcohol, and is very good for building confidence, but is it going to take its toll? I know it might be ‘leg day’ but all you ‘Gym Rats’ should take a look at the 5 signs you are addicted to exercise.

  1. Pushing Too Far

If there is an increase in exercise that may be labeled as detrimental, or becomes harmful, then that is a definite sign you are becoming addicted to your exercise. By putting yourself through rigorous work outs regularly that can strain you more than train you, you create an unhealthy habit to push your body too far too often. This can be an earlier sign of exercise addiction.

  1. Replacing the High

Dependence on physical activity and exercise on a regular basis to achieve a sense of euphoria; exercise may be increased as you develop a tolerance for that euphoria. This can lead to a dependence on the physical and mental high you get while exercising. It is well known that people recovering from substance abuse can subconsciously replace the drugs or alcohol with other behaviors to satisfy their cravings.

  1. Lashing Out

If you get to a state where not participating in any form of physical activity has the potential to cause any dysfunction in your daily life, then you are showing that exercise is causing unmanageability in your life. If your personality and relationships are suffering because you don’t work out when you want, it is definitely time to take a breather.

  1. Work Out Withdrawal

Symptoms following exercise deprivation can also be an example of how your replacing dependency on substances with the rush and stimulation of exercise. Meaning at time you don’t exercise your mind and body can actually suffer if its used to the activity. Symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Depression
  • Guilt
  • Tension
  • Discomfort
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleeplessness
  • Headaches
  1. Training with Physical Trauma

Higher peaks of dependence on exercise can even cause you to exercise through physical trauma and medical conditions. Showing that even when you are fully aware you are harming yourself, you still are unable to stop.

Many of these symptoms mirror those of substance abuse, and most should be familiar to anyone who has experienced a detox. But exercise and health are important. There is no denying the good that can come out of hard work to get your body back on track and taking care of yourself. The gym can also be a place of meditation. However if you are skipping meetings, putting excess stress on your body, or losing sight of your personal relationships for the euphoria you’re getting from the gym, you are putting your sobriety in jeopardy. Always check your motives before you decide to put the gym before anything. Don’t spend too much time lifting, it’ll just make it that much easier to ‘pick up’.

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