Four Ways to Overcome Isolation in Early Recovery
Loneliness can be hard to deal with during the beginning of recovery, when your options for companionship are just your family or people you used to know, back when you were still using. Here are a few suggestions to assist with getting through that hurdle.
1) Meet new people in safe environments. Part of starting a new life sober is you need a new group and you can’t make friends the same way you used to. Meeting people at bars or parties are not really an option as that is not the type of environment you should be in. Find good alternatives whether it’s a church, gym or CrossFit, or volunteering at a nonprofit.
2) Focus on doing activities during the day. Wake up early and get out during the day and you will likely meet people who are already living a productive, healthy lifestyle. Do not gravitate to people who just work to party at night or those who party on weekends. Find those who are interested in the same things you are interested in. Hobbies are a great place to start and libraries, craft stores, the local recreation center or community colleges offer places to get involved with a new hobby. This could be learning a new language, or how to knit, taking a boating or a cooking class or even a class to learn about how to manage money. If you do not have resources to pay for a class, many libraries and community centers offer free classes or free internet use so you can find a free class online.
3) Get a job as soon as possible. More than keeping busy, being productive is vital for continued sobriety. It is also a good way to meet other productive people who are moving forward in life.
4) Look for a support group such as a church group or MADD, AA or NA. People who have experienced the same issues can provide support, however, swapping war stories about addiction is not recommended.
Though the beginning of recovery is tough, sobriety is an admirable goal and you will come to know it is worth the effort. As you begin to create the life you want, you will continue to have hurdles. Just keep moving forward. Let us know if we can do anything to help you.