Friends are important

I would highly recommend that anybody who does not have a support group, find one. Find a place where you can be yourself. Be real, be honest. I feel very lucky in being in recovery for six years and developing a network of friends. Some have been quite upset with me, that I would choose not to go with treatment. I'm lucky because my friends can tell if they're angry with me. My friends are also quite accepting. They recognize where they have power and control and where they do not. But it takes some effort. It takes being in touch with our own feelings and then to be able to pass them on and express them to somebody we care about. Because once they understand you, they're even more supportive.

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