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Friends and Family—Reframed

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Recovery has allowed me to enjoy the pleasures of friendship, really for the first time since childhood. Now I can truly say that I am a friend and I have friends, both in and out of the rooms. When I was in the food, I was so unhappy I couldn’t be open to the often-subtle pleasures of friendship, such as sharing a meal and conversation with another or getting to know them and their life a little better. I’ve learned so much—practical, emotional, and spiritual—from contact with other people. This was a pleasure I’d denied myself. Now I take time

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