Going to meetings is a good way to stay involved, but it isn’t really enough— especially when you first get out of treatment. Luckily, there are tons of ways to stay saturated in the community of recovery. It is so vital to surround yourself with other people who want to be sober, people who understand where you have been.
Most treatment programs have alumni communities for people who have graduated to stay connected and involved. A Better Today’s alumni association plans activities like bowling, hiking, and travel together. They put together celebrations and fundraising events for causes in recovery. Alumni chapters can help you to maintain the bonds you formed with others in your treatment program.
Some of those friendships could last a lifetime. Your shared experiences of pain and growth, as well as your mutual support for each other, can create strong bonds. One of the key elements needed for someone to sustain sobriety and recovery is a support system filled with love and compassion.
You may have felt alone in active addiction, but you are not alone anymore. These people will help you through when you falter. They will enrich your life with camaraderie and friendship.