Hello Hein, can we offer you a warm welcome to the forums.
People who have drunk alcohol either by need or just wanting to, do realise that 8 months sober is an effort you should be proud of because to miss a day or the selected time when you do start on a daily basis is much more than enormous,it's a gigantic effort.
If people who don't drink alcohol then perhaps it's like you not having your first cup of coffee or if you smoke, missing out on your first cigarette or having one straight after your meal, then maybe they can relate.
The friends you had to drop may have been entertaining and always had fun with, but the temptation to join them is too great, so the best option is not to socialise with them.
What you have achieved after what has happened during your childhood days is more than unbelievable, unimaginable beyond (sorry) belief.
Great to hear from you and please keep posting.