5 Personality Traits to Avoid While Making Friends in Your Recovery Program


Whether you’re about to begin your recovery journey or you’ve been in a treatment program for a while, making friends is a crucial component of building your support network. You want to have people who understand what you’re going through and who are working towards getting better themselves. Psych Central notes that having a support system means that you can voice your struggles, engage in healthy peer pressure towards reaching your recovery goals, and have someone to rely on when you’re going through a difficult time. Are all friends, good friends? Here are some personalities you need to watch out for, because it could interfere with your success in recovery:

  1. The secret user – although they’re in recovery, some people are still using outside of the program. If they’re making you feel like it’s expected to continue using, or if they remind you of people drug use or old friends you used to engage with, this isn’t the type of person you want to be around.
  2. The selfish person – only caring about themselves, this type of friend makes you feel bad for not going along with whatever it is they want you to do, even if it goes against your values.
  3. The negative individual – everybody goes through rough patches, but a person that constantly dwells on the negative can make it hard for you to focus on the positive in your recovery.
  4. The “gains strength from your failures” friend – if you’re doing well in recovery, this person focuses on past behaviors and times where you’ve humiliated yourself. If you’re feeling down, they feel better about themselves.
  5. The enabler – it’s great to have friends who care about your success in recovery, but if someone is becoming a little too involved, it could leave you feeling smothered, placing your recovery at risk.

Psychology Today states that recovery is a time for you to participate in life activities that are meaningful, make changes in how you relate to your thoughts and emotions, discover and develop parts of yourself that you were unaware, and much more. Having the right people around you is critical to your success in these areas. Trust your gut instinct and if it doesn’t feel right, it’s probably not.

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