Every journey with sobriety is different, and I am no expert beyond the experiences I have. Here are a few things that worked well for me:
- If you change, your friends may not (and they shouldn't have to). Your sobriety requires that you curate your environment. Perhaps that means changing the time of day during which you meet friends that accompanied your use. Perhaps that means making some new friends. That's okay.
- Non-alcoholic drinks are for non-alcoholics
- If you do decide to join an AA meeting, and you've experienced trauma, look up the work of Jamie Marich PhD