Having support in place is important. If you are intentional about finding community, build one around sobriety.
When recovering from addiction, it is wise to avoid social events that promote drug or alcohol abuse, but what if you could build a social community based on your sobriety? People need community, particularly in addiction recovery, so it is quite healthy to interact with other people.
Here are some different ways you can build a sober social community:
Join a Group
Get involved in a community support group. You could join Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous or a support group that meets at your church. Not all groups are the same, so try some out and find one that meets your needs.
Join a Gym
If you go to the same gym a few nights a week, then you will see the same people there regularly, which presents an easy way to make friends. Many people who take care of their bodies do not spend their time getting high, because discipline in one area of life often flows to other areas. Still, you should use good judgment and avoid risky situations.
Get Involved at Church
Ask a staff member for a place to serve. Maybe you can serve with the audio/visual team or you could help by cleaning up. Whatever service you perform, churches are great places to meet others.
Take a Class that Interests You
You could take a class at a university, library or cooking school. The important thing is to take live courses rather than online ones. You can then find community in the classroom through group assignments, studying for tests and etc.
Invite Some Friends for Coffee
If you cannot find a support group, why not start one yourself? Invite some friends to join you at a coffee shop, which may sound scary at first, but do not let that fear stop you. Once you get a group going, you may discover that it is a lot of fun.
An important part of living a sober life is having a support network in place, which does not happen overnight. If you are intentional about finding community, then build one around sobriety.
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