“Surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you.” — Author Unknown
When someone comes out of rehab, they must learn to make new friends. The old friends were participants in the addictive dance that led them to rehab in the first place. So, hard as it is, their support system must now be a fresh start, and must include clean and sober friends.
There’s wisdom to this. Who we attract, who we surround ourselves with, we internalize. And they internalize us. The vulnerability and trust necessary to create a bond with another person is what allows this to happen. Want to know more about someone? Check out who their friends are.
Consider this: Do your closest friends bring out the best in you, support your dreams and care about you unconditionally? And are you that kind of friend to them? For healthy self-esteem, say no to those who hurt, and yes to those who heal.