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How can I get my friends to understand that I really have quit drugs and alcohol for good?
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
In brief: Can be hard
Probably the best way is to commit to, and keep working on, your program. If you're in a 12 step program, excellent.
You can get a sponsor and work your steps. People who abuse drugs & alcohol often hurt people close to them, and those people can be self-protective. It can be hard for you to be patient, but they probably need time to observe what you do. As the saying goes, "easy does it.".

In brief: Can be hard
Probably the best way is to commit to, and keep working on, your program. If you're in a 12 step program, excellent.
You can get a sponsor and work your steps. People who abuse drugs & alcohol often hurt people close to them, and those people can be self-protective. It can be hard for you to be patient, but they probably need time to observe what you do. As the saying goes, "easy does it.".
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