The influences that we allow in our lives and around us matters more than we realize. When starting our recovery process, we must add and subtract certain people in and out of our lives. Knowing who to keep and to add is very important, while in recovery we need those only who really wants to see us recover and are just as serious as we are about our recovery! Positive influences help us to maintain a strong attitude during this trying time. From experience emotions run so high we cant seem to be able to focus on the intended goal, positive support encourages us to move toward to success. Old friends have to die with old habits if those friends are still using or use, the wrong friend could send us back into what we are trying to get away from. Adding people is the easy part, add a mentor from a support group, and a minister or pastor to help encourage our change and shed some spiritual help. This is the advice that worked for me in my recovery and still works, I don't allow anyone from my past that does not support my "new" future, I give them no place in my life. Good Luck!