An essential guide to cultivating sober relationships while in recovery
The early days of recovery can be overwhelmingly lonely. But this is the time you need friends most. New Life, New Friends is a unique and practical guide to cultivating supportive relationships. Drawing on the words and experiences of many people in recovery, it shows how to:
• Find people who share your commitment to personal change and growth • Cope with self-consciousness and low self-esteem • Choose a sponsor and make the most of your Twelve Step group • Establish boundaries and “ground rules” to keep relationships on track • Handle work or social situations where drinks, drugs, or unhealthy foods are available • Learn to ask for what you need—and to say no when necessary • Deal with family anger, guilt, or rejection • Develop the most important friendship of your life—with yourself
Praise for New Life, New Friends
“New Life, New Friends honors the often neglected, but very important relationship that is a cornerstone of the recovery process.”—Stephanie Covington, PhD, author of Leaving the Enchanted Forest
“A practical workbook that should accompany people as they leave treatment and begin the exhilarating journey to recovery.”—Jack Mumey, author of The Joy of Being Sober
Christina Baldwin is the author of Calling the Circle, Seven Whispers, and Storycatcher, which won a Books for a Better Life Award. She teaches and lectures extensively through her educational company, PeerSpirit. She lives outside Seattle, Washington, on Whidbey Island.