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I went to rehab or detoxed but my friends are doing drugs around me, what should I do?

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Last Updated: 05/28/2018 at 10:38pm
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October 13th, 2014 11:01am
Try not to fall into it again. I know you might be tempted with your past experiences with the drugs, and the pressure of your friends doing them as well, may make it difficult. However, it may be more difficult to detox again. Try not to fall victim to the pressure, and do your best to stay strong. I hope this helps
November 11th, 2014 6:41am
It's really important in the beginning to stay away from all of the previous habits surrounding addiction. Sadly this means avoiding your friends or family who are still using. This applies to smoking and alcohol just as it does with hard and illegal drugs. Breaking addictions is a very long, difficult, and multifaceted process; everything will be working against your efforts. You may need to sideline your using friends until you build up your internal strengths. Consider joining an AA type support group. They can be a new set of friends who are experiencing exactly what you are going through. You can never have too much support in getting over addictions, it's the hardest thing you will ever achieve in your life.
December 4th, 2014 1:32am
If your friends know that you are trying to live a different life, but persist in doing drugs around you, then perhaps the real question is whether they are really your friends? In recovery, it is often said that we have to change "people, places, and things" if we want to stay clean and sober. I know that staying away from friends is very tough, but for an addict, going back to the way things were will be even tougher in the long run. And there is no guarantee that you will be able to come back from a relapse. The door of recovery is always open, but it doesn't always swing both ways.
December 23rd, 2014 12:50am
Cut off all contact forever and never look back. Two drowning people can't save each other. Save you
October 13th, 2014 10:58pm
You should try and help them get better so you aren't tempted and have friends that are clean around.
November 13th, 2014 4:53am
Tell them how uncomfortable you feel, you need to tell them how they are making you feel for them to stop
November 29th, 2014 11:22pm
Stay true to yourself! Tell your friends how they are making you feel. If you are completely uncomfortable with it, dont be afraid to let them know! You are strong and have stopped, dont make the mistake I made and relapse. Its not worth it! Keep your head up! Believe in yourself!
December 16th, 2014 10:37pm
Call them , talk to them about the bad side effect of doing drugs, let them know its not good for them. You can also refer them to a professional doctor who can give the best advice too.
December 18th, 2014 3:36pm
If they are doing drugs and you're being tempted, just don't be around them so you would not fall again and relapse :).
December 28th, 2014 8:44pm
Separating yourself from those friends would most likely be best! True friends would understand what you're going through, and respect that
January 2nd, 2015 7:20am
You should remove yourself from the environment. True friends would respect your actions and want to be supportive.
June 7th, 2015 10:47pm
Congrats on detoxing! Thats a very hard thing to do. Even though its hard, sometimes we have to cut off people who are a bad influence on us. Or ask them to not when you are around?
November 2nd, 2015 10:09am
I think you should distance yourself, this does not mean that you have to cut friendships, but let them know that you are there for them if they ever feel strong enough to give up drugs, and that they can turn to you for support as you have climbed that hill. Well done, giving up drugs is not easy. Keep up the good work.
November 23rd, 2015 5:57am
Take yourself from that environment. Its hard to let go of friends but sometimes its for the best. A real friend should know not to do drugs around you because it's not helping you.
January 17th, 2017 10:46pm
Sometimes it's best to cut toxic people our of your life, maybe it's time to move on from that era in your life and make things better for yourself. I believe in you.
March 21st, 2017 8:32pm
I would either: a) Stop hanging around with them or stop being with them while they are doing drugs, this can be peer pressure. b) Talk to them about your issue. Tell them that you've just been to rehab and would rather not be around it as you wouldn't like to have the temptation to start the drug again. If they are good friends, they will understand your reasoning for you not being around them or talking to them about not doing it around you :) Hope all goes well.
November 27th, 2017 10:32pm
Changing people, places, and things is a very very important part of recovery! You will need to get away from anybody or anything that has drugs or reminds you of drugs!
May 28th, 2018 10:38pm
I would keep away from your friends when they do drugs and explain to them that you want to keep clean