As the months and years go by in sobriety, we become closer to the God of our own understanding. This faith can sustain us when all else fails. When we work the steps, we form a connection with God that was previously clouded with negativity during our drinking and drugging. As we make amends, we grow closer to God, as well as to our friends and family members, like never before. Building a support network helps you grow and move forward. We start to feel patient and tolerant. We are more trusting and forgiving of ourselves and others.
As we grow in our spiritual life, we form friendships with greater ease. Many of us decide to branch out from our 12-step groups to fellowship with our local religious groups and other support networks. We learn to grow in faith. We learn that our journey and unique experience can help someone else that is struggling.
Faith, Friendships, & Family Relationships
Sharing our experience with someone else sustains us in recovery. It gives us great joy and strengthens our own sobriety. Your personal struggle, experience with, and recovery from substance abuse can be a testament to someone else who is currently going through the recovery process.
While building a support network, we foster healthy relationships with others in recovery that are immensely more satisfying than the ‘using buddies’ we once had. We restore relationships with our family members and form friendships in sobriety. We learn that support works both ways: our friends have their problems just like we have our own issues. It is comforting to find that our problems and situations are not so different than others. This gives us a new point of view and a feeling of gratitude, that we are closer to God and our fellow friends.
To talk about how you can expand your network of support, contact: JMoore@FiresideRecovery.com