3 Tips for Building and Maintaining a Social Life for Sober Teens and Young Adults

Dara Laine Murray
3 min readMar 27, 2023

Whether it’s at home or at school, many kids and young adults in recovery miss out on opportunities to hang out with their friends because of the stigma around drug use and addiction. I started drinking when I was 14, and I wish I never had, but the pressure to do what your friends are doing and build a group of people you love to hang out with is hard.

Here are some tips for building and maintaining a social life in sobriety:

Tips for Building and Maintaining a Social Life for Sober Teens and Young Adults
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Create a Support System

In order to build and maintain a social life, you need to find people who will support you. Friends or family members who understand what it’s like to be sober could be helpful.

It could also mean joining support groups for people struggling with addiction, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA). There are plenty of groups just for people your age!

If possible, try to find others who have been through similar struggles as yours so that they can relate on a deeper level than most other people would be able to. For example, if someone has struggled with depression or anxiety before but is now sober because of it — or vice versa — that person will be more likely than most others to not only understand what it’s like but…

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Dara Laine Murray

Multi-passionate sobriety writer on Medium. Day job: Director of Research at a nonprofit. Stories = sober + stats. Editor: https://medium.com/modern-sobriety