Loneliness can be a relapse trigger. Fact is since most recovering addicts no longer will spend time with their friends who still use drugs, they might find themselves feeling lonely and should this go on for a little while they could start using drugs again. Here's how one can deal with loneliness and avoid having to start thinking about using drugs to cope. - Keep yourself busy. Plan out every hour of your day and ensure it's filled with activities that will keep you busy. If you are busy you'll have no time to think about anything else. - Learn to be self-reliant. Once you realize that you don't need anyone in order for you to "function" you won't miss your friends that much. - Join forums and spend some time online with people you share interests with. - An act of kindness a day will leave you feeling good for the rest of the day.