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Should you avoid drinking around drug abusing friends?

Discussion in 'Helping an Addicted Friend' started by Zyni, Nov 1, 2014.

  1. cassiesevans

    cassiesevans Member

    I think it depends on the situation, to be sure, and the substances in question. Certain people have certain triggers, so It will depend on them and how you know them to react, and how severe their struggles are. Some may have an issue with one substance and not others, or they may react poorly to any/all. It's pretty straightforward to say no to drinking around a recovering alcoholic, but other situations will require much more discretion.
  2. NikkiDesrosiers

    NikkiDesrosiers Senior Contributor

    honestly, yes. If you really care about that person and want to support their sobriety - you dont want to thrust both substance and temptation in their face and making their journey and experience harder. No you don't have to refrain from alcohol in your life- but don't put it in their face either.
  3. FionaMuva

    FionaMuva Member

    It doesn't help them at all. They won't always be in a drug-free environment with supportive friends and family. So why create a comfort zone that the world, which is much bigger than your circle, will not live up to? I think that the best way to get over an addiction is to accept that temptation will be everywhere. That makes it easier to deal with because how will you know your strength if it is not tested? But at the same time, don't always provide an opportunity for temptation with parties and raves and 'stoning' sessions.