Recovery can often require meeting new people and making new friends due to previous friendships revolving around the substances you are trying to avoid. However, meeting new friends is hard. It can be especially difficult when you are more focused on recovery than meeting new people.  Friendships can not only impact your happiness, but they can also impact your overall health and well-being. It is important to build a community and make friends in recovery.


Friends are an essential part to recovery. They can help you avoid drugs or alcohol by replacing them with enjoyable sober activities. But more importantly, they can encourage you on your path to recovery through support and emotional healing.


What Are Sober Friends?

Before recovery, certain friendships can revolve around substance abuse. Not surprisingly, these friendships tend to fall apart if one friend seeks help to become sober. Healthy friendships are an important part of recovery, which is why you should make sober friends. A sober friend will be supportive of your recovery. They aren’t rooted in consuming drugs or alcohol.


How to Meet Sober Friends

Meeting new friends can be intimidating at times and making sober friends can be especially intimidating. You may feel like you don’t know where to begin. But, don’t worry, there are countless ways to connect with people.


Support Groups and Sober Communities

One of the most certain ways to meet sober friends is to join a support group. This is because everyone in attendance is pursuing similar goals to continue the path of recovery. While the traditional Alcohol and Narcotics Anonymous have helped countless people by offering a supportive community, these groups aren’t for everyone. The good news is there are other sobriety groups out there. So, if you try one group and it doesn’t feel like a good fit, you can try others.


Non-Alcoholic and Drug-Free Events

Another great way to meet sober friends is to attend events where substances are not involved. These events can be anything like a fitness class, museum trips, or other daily activities. You may also find there are substance-free events that deliberately remove alcohol and drugs. All of these activities are great for meeting new friends and maintaining your recovery.


Online Groups

Sometimes it can be difficult to find a local group if you don’t know where to look. Luckily for us, there are online groups, such as Facebook Groups. These are great for connecting people with shared interests. If you are looking online, we suggest using search terms that include “sober” or “sobriety” to narrow your results.


Reaching Out

Reaching out to people and building new relationships during recovery can be daunting at times. But healthy relationships are an important part of recovery. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your friends while you are building a new lifestyle. You are not alone.