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    Hello everyone,

    I’m new to this forum and am really glad I found it. I won’t go into my whole story or anything like that, but I will say that I have been sober since July 6, 2008. This isn’t my first try at sobriety, but I’m hopefull it will be my last.

    That brings me to my topic: change. See, when I first started getting sober I was super motivated. I went to a lot of AA meetings, met a great sponsor, and even started working the steps with him. Right at step 3, one of my worst character defects came out, which is when people start getting close and I start to lower my defenses, I withdraw and push them away.

    So now I’m at just around 15 months of sober time, but it’s getting really tough because I don’t have very much support anymore. I have a really difficult time meeting new people and making new friends because of that internal chatter that says “C’mon Kyle, once they get to know you they’re not going to like you”. It sounds crazy, and I know it’s totally irrational, but I still find myself not going up and introducing myself because of it.

    Anyways, I guess I’m just looking for some experiences on what others did to make healthy changes, meet new people, and really start enjoying their sober life! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike my sober life at all and the thought of going back out has not crossed my mind in a long time, but I know there can be so much more to this. Any feedback will be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,

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