It is good for the recovering addict to note that not everybody is his best friend. And not everybody will be glad to know that he has an addiction or that he’s doing something about it. There may be some people who he doesn’t need to tell about his recovery. But he should not be reluctant to tell the people close to him about his recovery. He should never feel ashamed that he’s doing something about his addiction.
Don’t be afraid to say No –
Sometimes the fear of negative reaction from old friends, or others we don’t even know, keeps us from doing what we know is right. Real simple, it may seem like “everyone is doing it”, but the recovering addict should realize that he is not everyone. He should not let someone else make his decisions for him.
If someone is pressuring him to do something that’s not right for him, let be bold and courageous enough to say “NO”. He doesn’t even need to explain the reason why, let him just say an emphatic No and walk away.
Let him pay attention to who he is hanging out with. If he’d hung out with a group in which the majority are drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes or using any substance to get high, he may want to think about making some new friends (and there are quite a good number of them around). He may be headed toward a relapse if he continues to hang around others who use substances. He doesn’t have to go along to get along.

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