Once you’ve made the decision to quit drinking, you will need to take steps to change your daily life and routine so that you will not be tempted to return to alcohol. This shift in routine should be substantial, eliminating the people, places, and things you associated with drinking. These triggers should be avoided in early sobriety at all costs, even if you have a strong emotional attachment to them. Here are some things to consider leaving behind as you begin your journey in recovery.
First and foremost, you should step back from those relationships you formed with other heavy drinkers in your active addiction. On the surface these friendships may appear genuine and fulfilling, but any relationship based around your mutual interest in drinking is likely unhealthy and would certainly detract from your recovery. Have an honest, open conversation with these individuals and explain that you are looking to eliminate alcohol from your life, and in order to achieve that goal you need to distance yourself from them until you are secure in your sobriety.