“If you hang around the barber shop long enough, sooner or later you are going to get a haircut”
In AA, people say you need to change people places and things. In a lot of ways, I agree. This simple saying reminds me of that in a way that makes a little more sense to me. If you hang around the same people doing the same things you did while drinking, it increases your chances of going back out. Plain and simple. In my experience misery loves company. Many of the people I hung out with when I drank may have drinking issues themselves had plenty of advice on how I wasn’t an alcoholic. I had to learn that many of those folks weren’t my true friends but rather drinking buddies and there is a huge difference between the two. A real friend wouldn’t try and convince you that something that something that was so dangerous for you was a good idea.