Experts at the Mayo Clinic have identified a key ingredient to successful recovery from any addiction.
They write, “Friendships can have a major impact on your health and well-being, but it’s not always easy to develop or maintain friendships.” The famed clinic shares several benefits of strong friendships:
- Increased sense of purpose
- Greater happiness
- Less stress
- Easier to cope with trauma
- Better able to overcome unhealthy habits
The Bible is pro-friends. Paul wrote, “Encourage one another and build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
Recovery Step: The value of friendships in recovery cannot be overstated. The key is to be proactive. In your next recovery meeting, take the initiative. Sit with someone you don’t know well. Share cell numbers with someone. Don’t ask to have a friend, but to be one.