Socializing in Recovery

Socializing in Recovery

When we start the recovery process, we have to adjust to new ways of interacting with ourselves and the world. Our old modes of socializing no longer serve us and our greater wellness. As a whole, our society tends to associate alcohol and recreational drug use with socializing. Learning how to socialize during recovery can be a challenge, as we have to learn new ways to have fun, connect, and make friends. Let’s discuss some helpful tips that will help you in your socializing process. 

Surround yourself with friends and family who support your recovery.

During recovery, it’s imperative that you surround yourself with people who support you and your wellness. Make sure you’re spending time with people who aren’t going to peer pressure you or who just don’t get it. This is a foundational rule for socializing in recovery. Always make sure your activities and social life support your recovery, not hinder it.

Immerse yourself in a recovery community. This is an essential part of recovery! Immersing yourself in a recovery community offers a strong foundation for reinvigorating your social life during recovery. Your recovery community will understand what you’re going through and support you every step of the way.

Avoid triggering social situations. Especially during early recovery, it’s crucial to avoid triggering situations. If you’re unsure, say no! Don’t feel pressure to attend parties where there will be alcohol, drugs, or people from former social circles. 

Explore new activities. Recovery is a wonderful time to try new adventures. Hiking, sports, surfing, volunteering, or joining a book club are all stellar ways to socialize while engaging in fun activities. 

Check in with yourself. During and after socializing, check in with your feelings. How is this social situation making me feel? Is it supporting and enhancing my overall wellness? Am I finding it triggering or supportive?


Tree House Recovery of Orange County, California is a premier men’s addiction treatment facility that uses eight different modalities to help our men become the best versions of themselves they can be. We teach our men that every day of their journey is something to celebrate and that recovery isn’t a sprint– it’s a marathon. To get started with Tree House Recovery, call us today at (855) 202-2138.

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