Positive Relations with Others + the Six-Factor Model of Psychological Well-Being
Early on in our program you were asked to create a Prevention Plan—an alcohol-free cheat sheet of sorts, with every single tool, plan, and resources written down in hard copy. Part of this Prevention Plan included making a list of trusted people; those who you can call on when things become challenging in this new alcohol-free life. Start here.
It can also be deeply rewarding to create these kinds of relationships with folks on a similar path as you, especially those questioning their relationship with alcohol or those who have already removed substances from their lives. There’s a really unique and special connection among alcohol-free folks; there’s this instant understanding of what the other person has experienced and overcome. (Plus, you never have to worry about that friend giving you grief for not drinking!)
Consider the relationships in your life right now. Are they numerous, balanced, healthy? Which relationships would you like to develop further? Which relationships are harming, no longer serving, or dissatisfying you? How can you change those relationships—removing them or establishing boundaries? How would you rate yourself on a scale of 0 to 5 on Ryff’s model, thinking about the relationships you have in your life?
Seifert, T. A. (2005). The Ryff scales of psychological well-being. Assessment Notes
Ryff, C. D. (1989). "Happiness is everything, or is it? Explorations on the meaning of psychological well-being". Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 57 (6): 1069–1081.