The Importance of a Healthy Social Life in Recovery

It’s always important to surround yourself with people you trust and care about who are also positive influences. However, a healthy social circle is particularly important in recovery, when you are vulnerable and it can be tempting to socially isolate, avoid interactions in recovery, or perhaps go back to your old group of friends, which can be triggering. When you allow yourself to be part of a healthy and supportive network of people, such as those you meet in treatment or in 12-step groups, you reduce your chance of relapse. Additionally, you will experience many other benefits such as a sense of belonging and inclusion, a sense of meaning, increased hope, and a sense of safety. These are all experiences that will serve to bolster your success in the recovery process. A socially supportive group of people will provide one another with emotional support, assistance with daily life tasks, resources and help, and shared information. Below, you’ll find some qualities that a supportive social circle will offer each other. You might want to ask yourself if you’re involved in such a community and if not, you might want to make an effort to find social resources such as 12-step groups, other support groups, or activities at your treatment center.

  • You feel a sense of belonging and commitment.
  • Your social group has a shared sense of respect and appreciation for one another. In turn, you feel respected.
  • You feel worthwhile and valuable. A supportive friend group should make you feel like you are a valued member of the community.
  • You feel confident that if you needed help, your friends would support you.
  • You share your experiences and feel a sense of joy and happiness.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction or emotional issues, help is available. Recovery improves quality of life, connection, and awareness. At The Beach House, we elevate the standard of comprehensive addiction treatment. Located on the sand in Malibu, California, we provide expert clinical care and a holistic approach to the recovery process. We ensure Best-in-Class treatment tailored to the needs of each client. Start your recovery journey today. You deserve it. Call or text: 310-862-6845.

Kimberly James

I am the founder and owner of The Beach House Treatment Center, The White House, Indigo Ranch, Sweetwater Mesa and Beach House Center for Wellness, all in Malibu, California.