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Should I Make Friends in Treatment?

Living in a small space with other people can be grating at times, but it can also build closeness. It can be lonely being in treatment, so finding someone you share a few things in common with can pass the time in a positive way. It can be helpful for you in treatment to strike up conversation with a few people and start to share more of your story. Learn about some of the pros and cons of making friends in treatment.

The Pros

Many positives to making friends in treatment exist but it depends on the person. Having a few friends can pass the time but maybe you just want to keep to yourself. New rehab friends can offer some understanding and support, especially if you are a first timer and they have been down this road before. Sober friends from rehab can often be a support at meetings or offer emotional help when feeling the lows of recovery.

The Cons

The negative aspects of making friends in rehab can make the journey more challenging. It will take focus and time away from your personal recovery to spend time making friends. It is a serious thing to be in treatment and takes all of your mental, physical, and spiritual resources. People relapse frequently, which means that new buddy may be next. You may be next to relapse, too, if you are not careful by focusing on recovery. Don’t let things take attention away from what is most important. If other people seem to be monopolizing your time in recovery, it may be time to step back and reassess your involvement as their friend. Sometimes if you are new to recovery, you may have lots of questions and want to unload on others. This can be a burden to others. In addition, others may do this to you which sucks attention away from treatment. You have enough to deal with, so don’t let others’ stuff bring you down.

Friendly Tips

If you decide to try and make friends in rehab, it is a personal decision. Here’s how to be smart about it:

  • Set healthy boundaries ahead of time and hold to them. Don’t let other people’s bad decisions impact you.
  • Rehab is about recovery. Friends can be made anytime but getting sober needs to happen now.
  • Avoid romance at all costs. Rehab romance is a definite no-no. It can easily happen but it should be avoided for at least a year to give space for figuring out this new sober life.

There are many distractions out there that will take your focus off recovery. Don’t let friendships become a distraction. Follow some healthy rules including boundaries around time and energy you are willing to give. With that in mind, it is highly likely you will be able to manage both making friends and staying focused on recovery now and in the future.

The Serenity Recovery Center helps you make big decisions about where your life is headed. Whether you make friends or not is beside the point. You need to be hyper focused on recovery. Here at Serenity we help you do that with programs and services designed to help you heal from addiction.  We are available 24/7 at our toll-free number: 844-339-6964. Call now.