How to Explain Your Recovery to Your Social Circle

As you progress in your recovery, you’ll eventually want to tell your friends about your decision to live a sober lifestyle. This can be a tough conversation, but it’s important to do so for a few reasons.

For one, being open about your sobriety will help hold you accountable. Your friends will be more likely to support your journey if they know about it, and they can help you stay on track if they’re aware of your goals.

In addition, being open about your recovery can help to destigmatize the issue of addiction. By talking openly about your experience with substance use, you can help to break down the negative stereotypes and myths surrounding these topics.

If you’re unsure how to start this conversation, here are a few tips.

Pick the Right Time and Place

Don’t try to have this conversation in the middle of a party or other social event. Instead, pick a time when you can talk one-on-one with your friend in a relaxed setting.

Start by Telling Them Why You’re Telling Them

Before you launch into the details of your sobriety, it’s essential to explain why you’re sharing this information with them. Tell them that you trust them and value their friendship and that you hope they’ll be supportive of your decision to live a sober lifestyle.

Be Prepared for Their Reaction

Your friend may not react the way you expect them to. They might be surprised, confused, or even skeptical. Be prepared for any reaction they might have, and remember that their response does not necessarily reflect you or your sobriety.

If they’re not supportive, don’t get discouraged. Remember that you’re doing this for yourself and have other friends who will support your decision.

New Jersey Substance Use Treatment Center

Telling your friends about your sober lifestyle can be challenging, but it’s important to do so.

At SOBA New Jersey, we understand how difficult the recovery journey can be, which is why we offer resources and support to help you through the process. Visit our website or call us today to learn more about what we can do for you.