I've been out three years and because the purges continued - or stepped up - many of my friends are now also on the outside. So point one: everything changes, nothing stays the same -- truly good friends will continue regardless, but only if you had things beside work that cemented the relationship. Point two: if you're out and they're still in, it can get weird. I had lunch with a friend who is still inside today. While it was lovely, when she wanted to discuss her situation, I realized how little I had connections with it and how little I actually cared. Point three (related to two): it can also make them jealous of you and you too pleased with your own situation. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing.
Bottom line - it all changes but with a few people you can re establish friendship on a new basis.
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