Recovering from an addiction is never simple. Negative people can make the recovery process seven more difficult, but with the right tools and with the right support, you can find a successful way to live a healthy and productive life. At The Healing Way of Philadelphia, we help families navigate the complex process of addiction recovery so that they can feel empowered in their journeys to recovery. 

Negative influences can take a hold of anyone’s best efforts toward sobriety. The good news is that these influences don’t need to be encompassing. In fact, you can learn how to avoid negative people and negative situations with just a little bit of foresight and dedication. 

Many people in recovery have a hard time avoiding negative people and situations because they are still connected to their past in many ways. Oftentimes, memories are brought to the forefront due to triggers. These triggers can make it difficult to remain sober. Shaking off negative past influences can be difficult, but it is definitely possible.

While it can be hard to let go of people from our past, sometimes this is a necessary component of recovery. Even if these people have been abusive or negative, it can still be challenging to bid them farewell. Many toxic relationships can make recovery a more demanding process than it already is, which is why severing these ties is beneficial in the long run. 

Seeing a drug dealer can send many recovering addicts into a tailspin of negative thinking. It’s important for someone in recovery to remember that these people and places no longer have a part in your life. With your sobriety at stake, you can’t afford to be around these kinds of influences anymore. 

So, what can you do? First, make it clear to any negative people in your life that you are now on a different path. Second, express to these people that if they are not also taking the path to sobriety, then they can no longer be a part of your life. Do whatever it takes to avoid those people who have the potential to bring you back toward addiction. 

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