Creating reflective has_and_belongs_to

Hi I have a question is it possible to create the reflective relation with users and friends using has_and_belongs_to. I found this post that is partly connected to my:

but my issue is join table "friends_users" where I would need to create duplication of data when the relationship is reflective: every time someone create the friend I need to add two rows to the join table (user, friend) and (friend, user) with just swapped ids. Is there any better way of handling this type of relations?

Piotr J. Puczyński