September is National Recovery Month. I am pleased to share an article written by Michelle Peterson who believes the journey to sobriety should not be one of shame but of pride. Her mission is aligned with that of RecoveryPride, which is to celebrate sobriety and those who achieve it.
Experts agree that people in addiction recovery require three things: social connection, motivation to keep on keeping on the path of sobriety, and confidence that they know how to cope with their struggles. Avoiding the places and people associated with your past substance abuse is difficult, but it’s crucial in preventing a relapse. Of course, feeling lonely, especially when you’re fresh in your sobriety, can also make it hard to avoid relapse. That’s why forming new friendships is vital to your sobriety success. Additionally, healthy friendships improve your physical and mental health. Luckily, there are ways to help you find friendships that will promote and support sobriety, which can also help you find motivation and confidence.