Friends and family members who drink alcohol or use drugs should not visit loved ones in rehab. In treatment, people learn how to stay sober, avoid triggers, and completely change the drinking and drug-using lifestyle. Detox and treatment are hard and recovery is a lifelong process with challenges to avoid relapse. Staying sober is a huge commitment and takes a lot of determination, encouragement, and support from family and friends.

While in treatment, therapists and counselors will help develop strategies on how to avoid temptations to drink alcohol or use drugs. One of the biggest rules is to avoid anyone who is associated with the drug or alcohol abuse. If there are situations that make it impossible to stay away from them, at least limit time spent around them.

Make new friends with sober people. New friendships can develop in treatment or group therapy where other people are learning to live substance-free. Talking to people who are going through similar experiences is a great way to build relationships. New, sober friends are a great support network for encouragement during difficult times in recovery.

The friends who still drink or use drugs are not making any changes to their own lives. Recovery from addiction is hard, and the urge to use drugs or alcohol can be overwhelming. Friends who are not sober can easily add to the temptation to use and unintentionally influence a relapse.

Friends who drink and use drugs might not be supportive of the treatment program. They will not encourage sobriety if they are not sober. They are addicted and will not be supportive of lifestyle changes. Old friends will not talk about the deadly implications of alcohol and drugs and certainly will not say that drinking and using drugs ruined your life. They may not see themselves as having addiction problems.

The recovery process is not easy. Challenges with the temptation will always be around and relapse can happen at any time. Avoiding non-sober friends will lessen the chances of relapse. No one who abuses drugs or alcohol should visit loved ones in treatment.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, get help now. Cypress Lakes Lodge specializes in treatment for drug and alcohol addiction and addictive behavior with a focus on healing the mind, body, and spirit. Recovery is possible. Live life to the fullest and enjoy it while sober.

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