I am kicking a habit that I've had for over 15 years, half my life, all of my adulthood. I've got 3 people, although addicts themselves, who have proven themselves to be TRUE friends. They've ignored my calls when I asked them to during the first stages of sobering up. When I have gone thru bad breakups, they have been there to scrape me off the floor even after I completely abandoned them for the duration of the relationship, never holding my distance against me. In times of emergency, they were there to help. When I needed a shoulder, they were there. When I needed to vent, they were there. They have been honest when I didn't want to hear the truth. They have called me on my bs, ands set me straight. I would trust my life with these few individuals. But..... they are addicts. And while I can trust them to not offer or to tell me no, I cannot trust myself to stay sober minded around them. I'm unwilling to tell my significant other I will never speak to them again. I realize I cant just hang out with them, but these people have saved me from self destruction more than once. To make a bad problem worse, getting sober has left me incredibly depressed. I know being sober is a physical shock to my system, and that time will let my chemical balance heal. Ive even gone to see the medical doctor to help in the mean time. Getting sober for me means changing my whole life. But I feel these people are the kind of people who remain in your life no matter what, because they have been. Loneliness is my triggering factor to use, and the depression is the main cause for my unwillingness to end the relationships. I'm afraid of being that lovely right now. Any advice?