Leaning on Friendship

leaning on friendship

Sometimes in life, our job or our romantic relationships are not bringing us the satisfaction we seek. This is when friendship becomes fundamental. Friendship is a form of intimacy that is often overlooked and under-discussed. Our friends, however, carry us through the most tumultuous of times.


Friendships can be some of the most consistent bonds you form throughout your life. The friends you make in your youth see you grow up, help you navigate failed relationships, and stick by your side through thick and thin.

Just like any other relationship, friendships can waiver. However, friends are uniquely suited to provide advice on work and romance. They can relate to you in ways that others will not be able to relate. They consistently show up, even if it’s during a time you didn’t expect them or in a way you weren’t anticipating.

Male Friendship

Men relate to one another in a different way than their women counterparts. It is widely acknowledged that men tend to discuss their emotions less with their friends. However, many male friendships flip the script on that classic narrative.

For example, when your friend hears of their cancer diagnosis, they will likely seek support and consistency through friendship. Men, during this time, can have deeply meaningful discussions on the purpose of life and living. Those conversations are important and they bring the two men in the friendship closer together.

In another example, when your male friend loses his wife, he will likely lean on another single father to best understand his unique experience. This is when the emotional bond of manhood matters. Men can band together to navigate life’s most challenging times.

Sometimes work and romance does not provide the support necessary to get through challenging times in life. That is when it is crucial to turn to your friends. Friendship often provides a level of consistency that work and romance might not offer. In particular, male friendship can offer a unique perspective when overcoming adversity. At Valiant Living, we want to promote male friendship and the bond it can bring. Our men’s-only treatment facility in Denver, Colorado offers both inpatient and outpatient treatment for individuals struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental illnesses. We understand the unique needs of our male clients. Men have a unique way of bonding with one another and offering support during times of distress. Our expert staff will help you identify your friends and support as you enter recovery. To learn more about our services, you can reach us today at (303) 952-5035.