Your family and friends can be a part of your new life or they can pull you back to your old life. It’s up to you to decide who will be part of your social network and who will be limited in their contact with you. Setting boundaries for yourself and others will help you create and keep a positive social network. Setting boundaries will help you manage guilt and shame. Taking action on guilt can result in healed relationships and increased self-esteem for you. Reaching out to help your family and friends increase their knowledge and understanding about your past addiction and its impact on them, can help them heal as well as gradually improve their relationships with you.
Taking the time to identify who will be in your support network and then working to improve those relationships will take you forward to your goals and ensure your relapse prevention plan is strengthened rather than weakened by relationships. It’s up to you. You can’t change others but you can take action to reduce your guilt and shame and to keep yourself safe from destructive people. You can build positive relationships and enjoy them in your new life.