Do you ever spend time alone that is not about isolating? What needs are you meeting by spending time with yourself?
As we have discussed, filling your time with activities is critical, especially in early recovery. However, being out in the world means running the risk of encountering difficult situations that may challenge your resolve to stay clean. It is important to plan ahead for situations that may be dangerous to your recovery.
Consider this list of coping strategies that can be used in various situations to avoid risky behaviors. Add any others you ve found to be effective for you.
Call a friend
Talk about being in recovery
Have condoms/lube ready
Be willing to talk about your HIV status
Just don't go there, or get out of the situation!
Call your sponsor or therapist
Temporarily cancel Internet service
assume all sexual partners are HIVpositive
Session 23: Socializing vs. Isolating