They need to be clear on the healthy and unhealthy components of their relationships.
That is not an easy thing to admit, but if I am ever fortunate enough to find myself "in love" again, I do not want to make the same mistakes. You do not want to be with your partner exclusively, if at all, even though you are still a couple. If you make it this far, you have worked through any differences and learned to compromise. You have reached a deep level of compatibility with each other.Avoiding your former drinking buddies or drug-using friends is a key step in maintaining your recovery, but it doesn't stop there.Developing new positive friendships with people who can support your recovery efforts can be even more important.There is a saying, "if you hang around the barber shop long enough, you will end up getting a haircut," which means if you continue to hang out with the same people you used to use with, you will eventually return to your previous habits.It is possible that during the development of your addiction you also formed relationships with others who were codependent, perhaps a spouse, friend or even an employer.If you had any friends left, they were more than likely those you associated with to obtain your drug, maintain your supply or those you simply drank or used drugs with.